Analysis: Could Ivan Toney be a future Jamie Vardy replacement?
Ivan Toney in action for Brentford | Photo: Getty/ Marc Atkins

With only two recognised strikers at the club being Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, it's time Brendan Rodgers went on the hunt for a successor for 34-year-old Vardy at Leicester City.

That man, is Ivan Toney

The hunt has most likely been going on for a while now, but it's probably needed for the upcoming season with so many possibilities on the horizon for Leicester.

With the Foxes likely to qualify for the Champions League, this opens up lot's of gates for top of the range talent to be attracted to them, alongside their brand new £90m training ground and a world class manager in Rodgers. 

  • Why Toney?

This certainly hasn't been pulled out of the blue, The Sun reported that Leicester are 'lining up £25m Ivan Toney transfer' which got Foxes fans talking, and certainly got them excited. Other outlets went ahead and reported the news as well.

The 24-year-old is the Sky Bet Championship top scorer. Toney has been involved in 34 goals in 33 games, scoring 25 and assisting nine, with 12 games to go. 

In his first season in the second tier, it's impressive to say the least.

He made a name for himself at Peterborough United over two seasons scoring 40 times in 76 games, 24 of those were in last season's League One campaign before the season was null and void. 

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His journey

The talisman has been around for a while since making his professional debut at 16 with Northampton Town, his hometown club. 

He got a move to Newcastle United after this, where it didn't work out for him. Instead he got sent out on loan after loan for three seasons, including loans to Barnsley, where he won the League One Play-Offs. 

Next, he got the move to Peterborough United where he came out of his shell and flourished infront of goal. 

This earned him a move to Championship Brentford at the start of the 20/21 season, where so far he has scored for fun.  

His involvement in Brentford's chase for the automatic promotion spot has definitely attracted interest from lot's of teams in the Premier League

He is certainly ready for the switch, having scored goals at every level he has played at. 

If the Bees bottle promotion for the second season in a row, they'll end up losing their key players again. Last season after failing to get promoted, off went Saïd Benrahma and Ollie Watkins to the top flight. 

If the Foxes come knocking with big money, and Toney has the chance to play in the Champions League, there's no reason as to why Brentford wouldn't let him go, considering their amazing scouting team and youthful side.

Rodgers' side have also been linked to Odsonne Edouard of Celtic, where he could be reunited with the manager that took him to Celtic Park. 

Ivan Toney should remain the main target though to take over Vardy's reign at the King Power Stadium, with the next couple of months set to be vital for both Leicester and Brentford.