New boy Ivan Toney to get Newcastle chance

Ivan Toney
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Newcastle United new boy Ivan Toney will get another early chance to play at St James’s Park.

The striker is set to face Arsenal in tomorrow night’s Under-21 Premier League match (7pm kick-off).

It’s at St James’s, which is a massive plus because the lads always seem to raise their game when they play there.

Ben Dawson

Toney, signed from Northampton Town this summer, made his senior debut against his old club in a Capital One Cup tie at St James’s Park late last month.

And the 19-year-old is expected to be handed a start by coach Peter Beardsley, whose side have taken one point from their opening two league fixtures.

“It’s at St James’s, which is a massive plus because the lads always seem to raise their game when they play there,” said coach Ben Dawson, who works alongside Beardsley.

“The opposition plays a big factor in that, and there’s probably none better in footballing terms than Arsenal.

“They’re always the benchmark that we’re trying to test ourselves against.”

The fixture will also be an opportunity for other players to impress prospective loan clubs.

Midfielder Gael Bigirimana and defender Kevin Mbabu – who both spent the second half of last season at Rangers – are candidates for loans, with the Football League’s emergency loan window having opened this week.

Season-ticket holders will be admitted to the East Stand free of charge, otherwise entry is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James’s Park in February in front of a crowd of more than 1,300.

Dawson added: “The first team aren’t in action until Monday night, and the lads would certainly benefit from a good crowd on Friday.”