Ivan the Terrible! Why new boy Toney wants to be a ‘nuisance’ at Newcastle

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney is hoping to be a “nuisance” for Newcastle United.

The teenage striker made his Premier League debut against Chelsea at the weekend.

I was delighed to make my debut the other day and get on the scoresheet (against Swansea). I just wanted to play my own game at the highest level.

And Toney netted with a stunning lob in yesterday’s 1-1 Under-21 Premier League draw against Swansea City.

The 19-year-old, signed from Northampton Town in the summer, had previously played in two Capital One Cup fixtures.

Toney replaced Aleksandar Mitrovic for the last five minutes of Newcastle’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea, and he hopes to make the squad for Saturday’s game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“I was delighted to make my debut the other day and get on the scoresheet (against Swansea),” said Toney.

“I just wanted to play my own game at the highest level. I’ve just got to play my own game and be confident.

“I just wanted to be a nuisance at the top of the field.”

Chelsea, trailing 2-1, were pressing for an equaliser against an exhausted United when Toney was sent on by head coach Steve McClaren, who was at Whitley Park to see fit-again Sylvain Marveaux make his first appearance of the season.

“At that time, it was more of a defending part than an attacking role,” said Toney

“I put my body about, and hopefully I can do that if I’m in the squad for Saturday.”

Toney struck a ball forward from midfielder Gael Bigirimana on the half-volley to put Newcastle, captained by Rob Elliot, to put Peter Beardsley’s side ahead.

But Oliver McBurnie, felled by defender Michael Newberry, levelled from the penalty spot four minutes later. Toney said: “I was going to take a touch, but that would have ruined the chance of the lob, so I took it first time.”

Meanwhile, Marveaux played 45 minutes of the game. The 29-year-old – who spent last season on loan at French club Guincamp – had been sidelined with a groin injury since July.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot, Sterry (Suddick, 73), Adu-Peprah (Gibson, 18), Bigirimana, Newberry, Cameron, Cobain, Hunter, Toney, Marveaux (Longstaff), Barlaser