Toney proves loan star as he hits goal trail with Scunny

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By LEE RY­DER lee.ry­der@trin­i­tymir­ @lee_ry­der

NEW­CAS­TLE United striker Ivan Toney is gath­er­ing plau­dits in League One af­ter hit­ting a rich vein of form with Scun­thorpe United.

Toney now has his ca­reer back on track af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing loan with Wi­gan Ath­letic ear­lier in the sea­son.

The 22-year-old made the switch to Scunny on loan in Jan­uary and he has since scored six goals for the Iron as they look to se­cure a play-off place.

Four goals in his last six games have seen Toney’s name in the head­lines again, with his lat­est strike earn­ing a 1-0 win at Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Ath­letic at the week­end.

Af­ter the game, Toney told Scun­thorpe’s web­site: “That is my job. I am here to try and get goals for the team.

“I am sure we take a lot of con­fi­dence into these re­main­ing games.

“We will go into them with the same men­tal­ity as we did against Charlton and have the same com­po­sure on the ball.”

Toney still has two years left on his New­cas­tle con­tract, but he has not done enough to find him­self train­ing with the first team under Rafa Ben­itez dur­ing his ten­ure as boss. Toney is due to re­turn to New­cas­tle af­ter his loan stint in North Lin­colnshire and, while he will be hop­ing to end the sea­son with a pro­mo­tion medal, he then faces an im­por­tant chap­ter of his ca­reer. Af­ter los­ing so many de­vel­op­ment play­ers on free trans­fers af­ter years of pay­ing them a wage, New­cas­tle will be keen to cash in on some of their con­tracted play­ers this sum­mer if it is de­cided they don’t have a fu­ture on Ty­ne­side. Toney is val­ued at £450,000 ac­cord­ing to trans­fer­, and United may be open to of­fers for the striker they signed from Northamp­ton Town under Steve McClaren in 2015.

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