Ivan Toney puts his future in Steve McClaren’s hands amid Wolves interest

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney is willing to leave Newcastle United just three months after joining the club – so he can return a better player.

Toney joined the club from Northampton Town in the summer.

I’m just happy playing football whether it’s here or on loan. Whatever the manager decides, then so be it. I’ve just got to enjoy playing football, wherever it is.

Ivan Toney

And the 19-year-old has made three appearances, so far, for Steve McClaren’s side.

But a number of clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burton Albion, are keen to take the striker – who played week in, week out for hometown club Northampton in League Two last season – on an emergency loan.

For his part, Toney – who came close to joining Wolves a year ago – just wants to be out on the pitch and scoring goals.

And he will put his future in McClaren’s hands.

“I’m just happy playing football whether it’s here or on loan,” said Toney, who set up both United’s goals in Monday night’s 2-0 Under-21 Premier League game against Aston Villa at St James’s Park.

“Whatever the manager decides, then so be it.

“I’ve just got to enjoy playing football, wherever it is.

“I’m not fussed where it is as long as I’m playing and scoring goals. That’s all that matters.”

Toney feels he is improving every day at Newcastle, where he is training with the first-team squad.

“I believe I’m getting better each day,” he said. “I’m getting more physical in the gym, and I’ve got to bring others into play on the pitch.

“They’re good sessions, and I’m just enjoying it.”

Toney is know for his goalscoring, but he showed an unselfish streak playing for Peter Beardsley’s Under-21 side against Villa by setting up Callum Roberts’ two goals in front of almost 1,000 fans.

“It’s good to set up goals – it’s as good as scoring,” he said.

“I could have scored two goals, but I gave Cal two tap-ins.

“If I was to shoot and miss (with United leading 1-0), and they go and score, it’s 1-1 and they would have been back in the game, so that killed the game by giving Cal a tap-in.

“The manager’s watching, and there was a good turnout from fans.

“It was good to get a couple of assists and win the game.

“I’m just happy playing football. I just take it as it comes. I just try to do as well as I can and do a job for the team.”