Just a few years ago, when Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland stayed up and Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle went down, the Mackems thought they were the Tyne and Wear’s top dogs. For a moment they actually were, but how times have changed..
It has emerged that they are now trying their best to bring Ivan Toney – our FIFTH choice striker – to the Stadium of Light ahead of their upcoming campaign in League One.
This comes from the Roker Report, who claim that the 22-year-old is a player they’re now ‘very interested’ in signing on loan this summer.
Here’s how NUFC fans have reacted to the news on social media:
Sunderland have been linked with Ivan Toney. Very experienced at League One level & scored 14 goals for Scunthorpe last season. Has been training at Newcastle's Academy this pre-season & not in Rafa Benitez's plans. #nufc #safc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) July 13, 2018
“So if he does go, bangs in 30 goals, they get promoted (hopefully not) Can we say we got them promoted?”
“Allow them to sign him on loan with a recall clause, then just before their first game of the season, recall him.”
“Surely SAFC fans don’t want our cast offs? They’ve fallen far but that would be a new low.”
“Toney isn’t going to get a chance in our team, or the Championship – he’ll be relatively cheap as well so I can imagine they will pretend he never was on our books!”
“Sell only £5m. No loan. Plenty other club’s will be willing to pay that for him – where not a charity. He’s been on loan, scored goals so nothing to prove at League One level. If they want someone to fire them out of League One then pay to take him on a permanent deal or stop wasting our time – cheeky Mackems.”
“Agent Toney, prepare for deployment…”
“You know the Mackems are in a mess when they’re resorting to loan deals for our fifth or sixth choice striker!”
“Almost feel a bit sorry for them. Imagine us being in LEAGUE ONE, forced to sign one of their rejects. Deary me.”
“Ivan Toney, Christ…”
Surely safc fans don’t want our cast offs?
They’ve fallen far but that would be a new low. https://t.co/myHHP5IQWU
— True Faith #NUFC Podcast (@tfweeklypod) July 13, 2018
Whether we actually do them a favour and sanction a move remains to be seen, but it’s news that’s been met with some amusement (and surprise) on Tyneside – with the Mackems coming crawling across for a favour from Rafa Benitez.