Ivan Toney: Sold too soon or never meant to be?
Ivan Toney: Photo Credit - (Serena Taylor/Getty Images)

Ivan Toney continued his impressive start to the season, bagging a brace in Brentford's 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

This takes the striker's tally to seven league goals this season, making him the deadliest striker in the division.

 

Toney departed St. James' Park in August 2018 after making just four appearances and having been shipped out on loan four times.

Did the Magpies sell Toney too soon? Should they have had more faith in the forward?

  • Toney in fine form since leaving Toon

Toney joined Peterborough United in 2018 and his goal-scoring prowess has gone from strength to strength since.

In his first campaign with Posh, Toney netted 23 times in all competitions. In his second and last season at London Road, Toney scored an impressive 24 goals in just 32 League One games which put him nine goals clear as top scorer.

 

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His goalscoring antics did not go unnoticed and Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford snapped the forward up for a reported £10 million fee.

Having scored seven goals already in the league this season, Toney has shown that he is capable of taking that form into the Championship.

  • Why did it not work out at Newcastle?

Toney joined the Magpies in August 2015 from his hometown club Northampton Town.

He had been highly thought of during his time with the Cobblers and wrote his name in the club's history books when he became the youngest first-team player at just 16 years old.

Less than a month after joining, Toney was making his Toon debut against his former employers in the League Cup but after that, he would go on to play just three more games for the club.

He was quickly loaned out and had spells with Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town and Wigan Athletic without making much of an impact.

The Brentford striker did make more of an impact in his final loan spell, netting 15 times for Scunthorpe United but this wasn't enough to win him another chance on Tyneside and he was allowed to leave for Peterborough in the following summer transfer window.

  • Should the Magpies have put more faith in the forward?

Since the sale of Ivan Toney, United have brought in four permanent first-team striking additions and with the exception of Callum Wilson, all have struggled for goals.

Yoshinori Muto, Joelinton and Andy Carroll all arrived at St. James' Park after the sale of Toney and between them, they have managed just three league goals.

In comparison, Toney has netted 56 times since his departure.

It is fair to say that the former Newcastle man is still yet to prove he has what it takes to carry his form to the Premier League, but he has shown a knack of finding the back of the net, which is something his former club have often lacked.

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