It has been confirmed by the club statement that NUFC striker Ivan Toney has been recalled from his loan spell with Wigan Athletic – seeing some fans develop a worrying theory that the club will now use him as an attacking option if a new striker fails to arrive this month.
The 21-year-old striker has been in and out the Wigan side since securing a loan spell with the League One side over the summer, however has has bagged an impressive 6 goals and 4 assists in 12 assists (don’t tell Ashley!).
Unlike it did when Adam Armstrong returned from Bolton, the club statement does not mention of him going out on loan again.
This and our frustrating start to the transfer window has made a number of Newcastle fans wonder if he’s going to be seen as a ‘new signing’ ins typical penny pinching style from Ashley. With all due respect to Toney, we sincerely hope not.
“Like a new signing”
— Jamie Smith (@Mr_Dolf) January 10, 2018
Mitro replacement? ? https://t.co/tgSI7LJxRU
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) January 10, 2018
Ivan Toney, deary fucking me
— NG (@NewcastleGoals) January 10, 2018
A cynical way of looking at it, but hardly something we can rule out given Mike Ashley’s antics.
As the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas points out, there’s no mention in the club statement that Toney will be loaned out again (there was with Armstrong), with the NUFC editor admitting that he could be used as a ‘back-up’ option should we fail to land a new striker this month.
No mention in #nufc statement of him going out on loan again as there was with Adam Armstrong. Suspect his future will depend on whether NUFC can get the striker they want – otherwise he may be back-up option.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 10, 2018
I really do doubt this will be the case, and expect he’ll be loaned out again due to a lack of starts with Wigan, but I don’t blame fans for being so cynical after the way January looks like panning out up to this point.