Brentford will embark on a second play-off campaign in as many seasons next week when they lock horns with AFC Bournemouth.
The hopes of Thomas Frank’s side are resting on the shoulders of prolific striker, Ivan Toney, who has proved to be one of the EFL’s standout players over the course of 2020/21.
Scoring a record-breaking 31 goals, as well as registering 10 assists, Toney has enjoyed a fine season, leaving Brentford fans hopeful he can be the man to finally fire them into the Premier League.
However, form like that doesn’t go unnoticed and the 25-year-old isn’t short of admirers.
What do we know so far?
It seems that half the Premier League has an interest in Toney right now, or so we are led to believe by a variety of reports in the national media.
Two of the standout names linked are Chelsea and Tottenham, two of English football’s self-proclaimed, Elite Six.
The Sun claim that Chelsea are watching Toney’s performance with real interest as they plan to bring in a new striker over the summer, whilst Football Insider note how Tottenham are now amongst the pack of clubs interested in the Brentford man.
Football League World’s understanding of the situation with Toney is that should he leave Brentford this summer, he will cost somewhere in the region of £35m, with the club valuing him with Ollie Watkins’ £28m transfer in mind.
Is it likely to happen?
Whether Toney moves to Chelsea or Tottenham, it is hard to be sure.
It’s hard to not be drawn to the goals he’s scored in the Championship this season, with a lot of clubs at least taking a look at the prolific Brentford man.
The question is whether any of those clubs are willing to spend a large sum of money on an untested player in the top-flight.
Doing that is more common now than it ever has been and Watkins’ move to Aston Villa has proved to be a success, whilst Patrick Bamford has scored goals for Leeds United in the Premier League despite never doing so before.
£35m, though, is a lot of money in the current climate, even for Chelsea and Tottenham.
However, it is hard to imagine that Toney won’t get a Premier League chance one way or another.
Brentford will hope to be able to offer him that chance by getting through the upcoming play-off campaign successfully, but if they don’t, more intense questions are likely to be asked of Toney’s availability.