Teen striker Ivan Toney says he’s “even hungrier” for more first team action after making his debut for Newcastle against his former club.
The 19-year-old joined the Magpies from Northampton Town earlier this month and was rewarded with a substitute appearance against the Cobblers in the Magpies’ 4-1 Capital One Cup victory, and now can’t wait for more.
He said: “I’m even hungrier. Now I’ve had a taste, I want more and more. I’m sure the manager will bring me back in when he thinks I’m ready again.
“It was amazing, really, making my debut against the team that made me.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to get on because there were a few other players in front of me, but I’m happy that the manager gave me my chance and I thought I did well.
“We were 4-1 up when I came on so (McClaren) just said ‘keep it nice and tight and do what you can do.’
“Sometimes you’ve just got to keep the ball if you’re winning, rather than go forward.
“Even though I wanted to score as much as ever, the chance wasn’t really there so you can’t force it.”
Toney was cheered on by Newcastle fans and serenaded by the Northampton supporters with chants of ‘he’s one of our own’ and ‘Toney, Toney give us a wave’ before he came on.
“It was great; both sets of fans applauded me when I warmed up and when I came on and off the pitch,” Toney said.
“It was just great support, and we managed to get the victory. Four-one was a good achievement.
“We went about it in the appropriate manner and it was all good.”
Toney revealed that he struggled to sleep after the match due to the excitement of his first appearance and because of the number of text messages from friends and ex-colleagues.
“Obviously there are going to be messages, playing against your old team,” he said.
“Adrenaline? Yeah, I guess it was there but I got some sleep and I replied to as many people as I could this morning.”