The 20 year old striker returns to Newcastle after winning twice at Wembley with Barnsley whilst on loan this season. That means he comes back with a taste for success and a winning mentality. He may have only scored twice in 21 appearances but Toney contributed to a Barnsley side that won promotion to the Championship and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Toney is strong in the air, holds up the ball well and showed enough potential whilst at Northampton to earn a transfer to Newcastle. Assuming the likes of Riviere, Doumbia and Gouffran leave Newcastle this summer, which they most likely will, Newcastle will be left with an attack consisting of Mitrovic, Perez, Armstrong, Toney and possibly Cisse (or if he goes, a new signing). That looks pretty good for a season in the second tier, particularly if you consider Newcastle’s midfield should be the strongest in the division.
Toney may not be the finished article just yet but in the few appearances he did make for Newcastle this season, he did show he had something. A season in the Championship could aid his development considerably after already gaining good experience with Barnsley. Unlikely to start many games to begin with, particularly if Benitez does sign a new striker, Toney could be a useful squad player and will only ever get better. Big and strong enough to play the lone striker role he offers a good option against some of the sides we will be facing next season.