Marcus Bent has warned former club Brentford that West Ham, Arsenal, and Leeds United target Ivan Toney is likely to leave in the summer whichever division the Bees are playing in, speaking exclusively to Football League World.
Thomas Frank’s side are third in the Championship as things stand but will need to close the nine-point gap between them and the top two if they’re to secure automatic promotion.
Four draws on the bounce has left them heading for the lottery of the play-offs instead, though they do have arguably the division’s best striker leading the line for them.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Bent – who started his career at Brentford – has suggested that the Bees are likely to lose their talismanic striker even if they do get promoted.
He explained: “If they go up or don’t go up, he’s probably going anyway.
“Brentford are a club that are on the up and up at the minute. Since I was there as a kid they’ve come on leaps and bounds, especially with the new stadium and I think the manager that’s gone in there.
“The chairman is rewarding the club for the years and years of grind that they’ve put in to get where they are.
“So, him going – and he’ll probably go on a big price tag as well – that’ll be a reward for him and the club.
“I don’t see them keeping him because he’s scoring goals. I think his future is at another club and, hopefully, he can sustain it and go on to be with England.”
Recent reports have suggested that it will cost more than £30 million to prize him away from the Bees in the upcoming window.
Should he leave the Brentford Community Stadium, it will be the third consecutive summer that the club have sold their top scorer – with Ollie Watkins leaving in 2020 and Neal Maupay in 2019.