There are reports in the national press today that Newcastle will finally listen to loan offers for our 19 year-old striker Ivan Toney, who has made a very good start to his Newcastle career since signing on in the summer from Northampton Town.
Ivan has played 8 times for the Newcastle U21 side and has 5 goals and 3 assists – so he’s been productive in the Reserve side – and he’s also made three first-team appearances for the club.
19 year-old Ivan Toney going out on loan – somewhere
Ivan was so impressive playing for the U21s that he was named Barclays Premier League U21 player of the month for September.
Steve McClaren has been hesitant to loan the player out and with Newcastle finding it difficult to score goals this season we are a little bit surprised he seems to have made the decision to allow Ivan to leave Newcastle – but maybe only for a one-month spell – at least initially.
Ahead of him in the pecking order at Newcastle right now for striker are Ayoze Perez, new £12M signing Aleksandar Mitrovic and veteran striker Papiss Cisse – who may even be sold in the January transfer window.
McClaren has to weigh the needs of the Newcastle first team with the necessity of getting Ivan some first team games so that he can keep improving.
Certainly the 5’10” striker has looked unfazed playing in the first team and maybe he could get some goals for us – if was given a chance in the first team?
We would expect a short-term loan to start with – so that McClaren can further assess how Newcastle are doing in the goals department at the end of that initial loan spell.
It would be good if Ivan can be loaned out to a Championship club.
What do you think?