There was a high turnover of players at Brentford once again this summer and arguably the most interesting arrival was Ivan Toney from Peterborough.
Brought in for a fee that could reach £10m, there was a lot of expectancy on the 24-year-old and he had big boots to fill having replaced Ollie Watkins who secured a mega-money transfer to Aston Villa after finishing as the Bees top scorer last season.
In our new feature, The Hat-Trick, we take a look at how Toney’s move has gone and what the future may hold…
How’s it gone so far?
Way better than Brentford fans could’ve imagined.
As mentioned, there was a lot of pressure on the new recruit and he had to quickly become the main man for this team. And, whilst he had scored goals in League One, this was a step up.
There needn’t have been any worries though. Toney has scored seven goals in his first six games and he has hit three consecutive braces. He is the top scorer in the league and is excelling.
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What issues does he face?
Clearly, he’s not going to be able to maintain this ridiculous form, so Toney will need to show character if his numbers drop in the coming weeks or months.
Other than that, there’s not much to worry about for the player. The team is set up to get the best out of him and he will get chances because of the stylish approach that Thomas Frank encourages. Plus, the fast start will have given the striker the confidence to know he can thrive at this level.
Unfortunately for Brentford fans, it seems inevitable that transfer speculation will build if Toney carries on like this.
That’s nothing new to the Bees and they have shown time and again they will sell and reinvest if the deal is right for the club.
Of course, a January sale seems highly unlikely and the immediate aim for Toney will be to help the Londoners to the Premier League and he will be integral to their promotion chances.