The Chronicle have revealed that Newcastle are ‘prepared to listen to offers’ for 21-year-old striker Ivan Toney this summer, with it seeming that the youngster has failed to impress Benitez during recent loan spells away from Tyneside.
The striker signed at St James’ Park back in 2015, signing from Northampton on a long-term contract. Since then he’s struggled to break through into the NUFC first team, making just first 4 appearances, and has spent the majority of the past few seasons on loan in League One with Barnsley, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury and Wigan.
His goal record has been mixed during spells away from Tyneside, with 14 goals last season (at Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe), however he’s managed just 8 goals in 35 games this season across loan spells with promotion chasing Wigan and Scunthorpe.
Here’s what the Chronicle have said about his situation at NUFC ahead of the summer:
‘Newcastle are also prepared to listen to offers for Ivan Toney with the striker currently on loan at Scunthorpe United after being unable to break through with the Magpies since signing back in 2015.’
A part of me wonders if we should persevere with him, with him still being just 21 and showing in the past that he’s an impressive athlete capable of scoring goals, however Benitez’s ruthlessness is refreshing.
If he doesn’t feel he’s good enough to threaten the NUFC first team then maybe it’ll be for the best that he’s let go.