‘Can play at the very top’: Cascarino claims reported Newcastle United target plays just like Harry Kane
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‘Can play at the very top’: Cascarino claims reported Newcastle United target plays just like Harry Kane

Tony Cascarino has lavished praise on Ivan Toney, who is reportedly a target for Newcastle and Leeds United, among others.

The Mirror report those two clubs, as well as Manchester United and West Ham also want Toney and have prompted talks over a new Brentford deal for the hitman.

Toney was in the last England squad before the World Cup but did not go to Qatar, amid an off-field story which emerged just before the tournament.

In the Times, Cascarino acknowledged that but backed Toney to establish himself for England and said he plays just like Three Lions captain Harry Kane.

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Cascarino on Toney

He said: “I believe Toney will earn that second chance. The main reason is that he’s still improving and has been doing so for 18 months.

“He came into the Premier League with Brentford and went up a gear from a stunning season in the Championship. That was impressive but to go up another level this season has suggested to me that there is more to come.

“He’s also showing that he is far, far more than a big, boisterous man up front. I’ve said this before but watching him live, at Chelsea, bullying Antonio Rüdiger and Thiago Silva, I thought this guy can play at the very top.

“He is also like Kane in that he scores all types of goals — tap-ins, from set pieces, headers and from long range. His progression, as well as being admired, is also a pressure that could count against him as some may see him as a “Football League player done well”.

“But he is good enough to prove them wrong.”

The Kane comparison will be an interesting one for some Newcastle fans who think Callum Wilson should have been playing ahead of the England captain against France on Saturday.

That was never going to happen and surely Wilson went to the tournament knowing his opportunities would be limited to come off the bench.

It basically came down to between Toney and Wilson for that backup striker spot and Cascarino also spoke about the Magpies hitman, claiming: “I’ve always liked Wilson and admired him for overcoming serious injuries and still scoring.

“It’ll be interesting to see how many goals he gets by the end of this season, and next year will dictate whether he’s got a chance of going to another major tournament.

“He’s the oldest player in this group (of England strikers Cascarino analysed for the piece) and one more major knock could count against him.”

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