Brentford striker Ivan Toney says that both he and Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong have the chance to make a point to their former club Newcastle United in the coming months and years.
Toney made just four appearances for Newcastle after joining the club from Northampton in 2015, spending the majority of his time with the club out on loan elsewhere, before making a permanent move to Peterborough in the summer of 2018.
It was during that same transfer window that Armstrong also left Newcastle permanently for Blackburn, having made only 21 appearances in three years after graduating from the club’s academy.
Now, the duo sit top of the Championship scoring charts at the start of this season, with Armstrong netting 11 in ten league appearances, while Toney has scored ten times in 11 league games since his summer move to Brentford from Peterborough, and it seems the Bees’ striker is hopeful that will prove some of the duo’s doubters at Newcastle wrong.
“When I went to Newcastle, Adam was out on loan, but we did speak and said we should both be playing up front together. It was never to happen but he is a great striker who knows where the goal is, for sure.”
Indeed, it seems Toney is desperate to get another chance in English football’s top-flight, and believes he is ready for that opportunity, having never really got it with Newcastle, as he went on to add: “I see myself as a Premier League player. If I see myself as a Championship player, that’s not good enough. You have to aim higher and if you come just short then it’s not too bad.
“You must have high ambitions and high ambitions scare small-minded people. I’m excited to be in the Championship and I’m sure I can play a big part in taking Brentford to the Premier League.”
Brentford and Toney are currently 11th in the Championship table, which ironically puts the striker directly above Armstrong and Blackburn, who sit 12th after 11 games of the league campaign.
You have to imagine that Newcastle will be more than wondering what might have been with Toney and Armstrong.
Admittedly, neither striker really looked like making an impact during their time at St James’ Park, and at the time their decision to let them go did seem slightly understandable.
But given Toney and Armstrong are still only 24 and 23 respectively now, it is not as though they did not have time in their careers to improve, something they have now done emphatically in recent years.
As a result, it would be a surprise if Newcastle were not regretting letting the duo go now, especially given their own struggles in front of goal in recent seasons.