Newcastle United fans can now sit back and relax for the final five games of their season. Rafa Benitez has done a fantastic job at St James’ Park this season and today led the Magpies to a 2-1 win against Arsenal to secure Premier League football for next season. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie helped Newcastle to the crucial win and the club can now start looking forward to next season.
There will undoubtedly be plenty of players hoping they can play a bigger role at St James’ Park in 2018-19 – including those currently out on loan.
One such player is Ivan Toney. Whilst the excellent form of Adam Armstrong at Blackburn Rovers has been the talk of Newcastle loanees in League One, the form of Toney cannot be understated.
After starting the season on loan at Wigan Athletic he headed back to former temporary home Scunthorpe United in January. His form since has been excellent. At the weekend he scored in the 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic. It took his tally with the League One club to six goals from 10 starts.
It is a brilliant streak of form which is helping Nick Daws’ side move into the play-off contention.
But Toney is something of a forgotten man at Newcastle. He signed for the Toon from Northampton Town in August 2015 and was being tipped for future stardom at St James’ Park. Whilst the fee was subject to a confidentiality clause, it was reported by The Mirror that it was worth around £250,000.
Since that move, the now 22-year-old has played just two league games for the club and is yet to start a single game for Newcastle.
Toney is still under contract at Newcastle until 2020 and it seems he is finally finding his feet out on loan.
If he can have a productive pre-season at Newcastle, perhaps he can play his way into the plans of Benitez for next season.