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Ivan Toney says Newcastle rejection was an 'eye-opener'
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Ivan Toney says Newcastle rejection was an 'eye-opener'

After receiving his first England call-up, Ivan Toney opened up about the time when Newcastle United ‘got rid of him’ and how he overcame that rejection.

Toney joined the Magpies as a teenager all the way back in 2015. The potential was there for everyone to see, but things just didn’t work out for the striker at St James’ Park. After six fairly underwhelming loan spells, the Toon sold him to Peterborough United.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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Ivan Toney says Newcastle rejection was an ‘eye-opener’

Toney’s rise to fame over the last four years has been remarkable. He was outstanding for the Posh in League One, and that earned him a big move to Brentford in 2020.

Since he joined the Bees, he has been incredible. He has scored 52 goals and provided 19 assists in 97 appearances, is one step away from becoming an England international, and he’s now valued at a staggering £50 million.

Toney was asked about his journey following Newcastle’s decision to get rid of him, and he believes that the Magpies’ rejection in 2018 acted as an eye-opener and has helped him become the player he is today.

He told The Daily Star: “I would say leaving Newcastle when I went to Peterborough, that was an eye-opener.

“That was like ‘right, I have to turn my game around to get back up, I might see myself as a Premier League player, but I am a League One player now, I have got to keep fighting and working hard’ – and I certainly did that.

“That was a factor that did come into play, (proving Newcastle wrong). I felt like: ‘you got rid of me. I am going to show you what I am capable of when I get the chance, whether it is a Premier League side or a League One side.’

“When I left Newcastle and went to Peterborough, I wasn’t straight in the team so I had to work much harder. It was about being patient and when your chance comes to take it with both hands. I certainly did that.

“Looking back if I was a Newcastle owner or manager looking back at a 20-year-old Ivan Toney, would I have taken him? Probably not. They have done what they had to do. They felt I wasn’t good enough, so it was up to me to pick myself up and go again.”

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Toney, branded as ‘extraordinary’, really has come a long way since Newcastle decided to let him go four years ago.

The Englishman has been a sensational player for Brentford over the last two years. He scored 31 goals in his debut campaign in the Championship and bagged 12 in his first-ever season in the Premier League last season.

Toney already has five in seven games this time around, and that convinced Gareth Southgate thet he’s ready for an England call-up ahead of their games against Italy and Germany.

It’s only a matter of time before the 26-year-old gets himself a big move away from Brentford.

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