Brentford goal machine Ivan Toney has told Sky Sports that he believes he is a ‘Premier League player’ with a real ‘point to prove’ ahead of our League Cup quarter-final with the Championship outfit next month.
The 24-year old joined us back in 2015 but only made two appearances in a black-and-white shirt, spending most of his time out on loan in the lower leagues.
He has come of age since his permanent switch to Peterborough in 2018, scoring an impressive 49 goals in 94 appearances for Posh.
His form has been replicated since he jumped up a tier to Brentford this summer, being daunted with the task of filling the void left by Ollie Watkins after his big money move to Aston Villa.
Toney has got off to an electric start, scoring 10 goals in just 11 Championship games so far this season – ironically leaving him and former Mag asx first and second top goals orders in the Championship
Here is what he said in full to Sky Sports in an interview that also sees him mention fellow Toon youngster Adam Armstrong:
“When I went to Newcastle, Adam was out on loan, but we did speak and said we should both be playing up front together. It was never to happen but he is a great striker who knows where the goal is, for sure.
“People are going to have their opinions and just because it’s their opinion to have, it doesn’t mean it’s factual.
“I see myself as a Premier League player.
“If I see myself as a Championship player, that’s not good enough. You have to aim higher and if you come just short then it’s not too bad.
“You must have high ambitions and high ambitions scare small-minded people. I’m excited to be in the Championship and I’m sure I can play a big part in taking Brentford to the Premier League.”
“I was just excited to take the challenge on because I like proving people wrong.
“Without blowing my own trumpet, I feel like I completed League One a few years ago.”
Let’s hope that offloading the striker on the cheap doesn’t come back to bite us on the buttocks when we face Brentford next month!