Ivan Toney reveals what Adam Armstrong told him when he joined Newcastle United
Ivan Toney says he has a “point to prove” to Newcastle United.
Toney has scored 10 Championship goals for 11th-placed Brentford so far this season.
Only Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Armstrong, also a former Newcastle player, has scored more goals in English football’s second tier, and Toney, signed by Brentford from Peterborough United for £10million this summer, has spoken about his ambition to return to the Premier League.
“I see myself as a Premier League player,” said Toney, who was sold by Newcastle two years ago after make four substitute’s appearances for the club following his 2015 move from Northampton Town.
"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."
Armstrong, also sold by United two years ago, has netted 11 times for mid-table Blackburn this season.
"I think we both have a point to prove," Toney told Sky Sports. "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’s a great striker who knows where the goal is, for sure."
Brentford will play Newcastle in an Carabao Cup quarter-final at the Brenford Community Stadium on December 22.