Premier League side Leeds United are said to be one of a number of clubs that are eyeing a move for Brentford striker Ivan Toney this summer, with TeamTalk reporting their interest on Sunday.
The former Peterborough United frontman is one of the most talked about players outside of the top flight and has been in superb form during his first season with the Bees, notching up an astonishing 25 goals in the league as the club chases promotion.
As a result of reported interest from the Whites, Arsenal and West Ham United, the West London outfit are said to have placed a £30 million price tag on the head of their talisman as they brace themselves for yet another transfer saga this summer following the departures of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma in more recent times.
Here, we take a look at THREE qualities that Ivan Toney would bring to Leeds United if they signed the striker….
Aside from his goalscoring exploits, Toney is actually a really technically gifted footballer for a player of his size and stature.
He often drops deep to link the play from his central striking birth in a similar manner to that of Leeds’ Patrick Bamford and would certainly suit Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play.
Having already laid on nine assists for his Brentford teammates, the 24-year-old is showing another side to his game that has been developed over the past few years.
His ability to contribute for others really fits into what Leeds would be looking for and he would certainly not struggle to settle at Elland Road because of this.
In addition to being able to finish strongly with both feet, the towering forward is also particularly strong in aerial duels with his opponents.
This means that his teammates can mix up the kind of passes that they play into him as he is more than likely to win an aerial against an opposition centre back when the right pass is provided.
Leeds have shown a tendency to get crosses into the box quickly and as a result Toney would allow them to float more deliveries in to him as opposed to hitting them hard and low for the likes of Bamford.
By providing a different form of threat up top, Toney will add another variation to what is an already effective attacking arsenal at Leeds.
In addition to being his side’s main attacking threat, Toney also contributes heavily to helping the Bees to defend from the front.
This is a factor which will surely appeal to Bielsa if he does indeed firm up his interest in the striker this summer, with defensive contributions from forward players being one of the main elements of the manager’s philosophy during his time at Leeds.
The ability to press from the front in order to force the opposition backline into a mistake is paramount for the Whites and Toney could definitely adhere to that request after doing similar defensive work for Brentford this term.
As is always the case with players that Leeds sign, they have to fit the system in order to be the right fit for the club and if Toney continues in his current vein, he could well fit the bill.