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Ivan Toney settled at Newcastle – and wants more minutes from Steve McClaren

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney already found his feet at Newcastle United – and the striker’s looking to hit his stride.

Toney joined from Northampton Town in the summer.

And the 19-year-old, signed as one for the future, has already made three first-team appearances for injury-hit United, who take on Norwich City on Saturday still looking for a first win of the season.

Toney was also named the Premier League’s Under-21 player of the month for September.

For his part, Toney is just happy to have settled at the club so quickly after his move from League Two Northampton.

“I settled in quite quickly,” said Toney. “I’ve just got to adapt to the style of play.

“At any level, minutes is the main thing, really. I’m happy to be playing football at such a high level.

“I just want to be involved in any game, no matter who it is.

“If the manager picks me, I just have to do my job when called upon.”

All of Toney’s first-team appearances for Newcastle have come at St James’s Park, and Toney’s hopeful that the club can finally give them something to shout about.

“The fans are great – so loud,” he said. “Hopefully, we can repay them.”

Former Newcastle forward Peter Beardsley, now Under-21 coach at St James’s Park, feels the club has “hit lucky” with Toney.

“I think we’ve got a real chance with Ivan,” said Beardsley. “He’s been a massive plus for us.

“He wants to score goals, he wants to make goals, and he wants the team to win. I think we’ve hit lucky with Ivan.”