Ivan Toney Profile
|Born||Mar 16, 1996|
Star striker Ivan Toney remains an integral part of Brentford's bid to preserve their Premier League status.
Ivan Toney is an English professional soccer player who plies his trade as a striker for Brentford in the Premier League. He has previously played for Northampton Town, Newcastle United, Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town, Scunthorpe United, Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United.
Toney began his career at Northampton Town before moving on to Newcastle, but struggled to make the grade at the Magpies and was loaned out to Barnsley (twice) Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe (twice) and Wigan.
In 2018, he moved permanently to Peterborough United, where he established himself as a reliable goalscorer. His next move was to Brentford in 2020 and he has carried his solid form over from Posh to the Bees.
Toney has been linked with a move to Premier League club Everton and has also been a reported target of the Jamaican national team, although reports suggest he currently looks set to offer his international allegiance to the Three Lions of England.
Breaking records at Northampton
Toney started his career at hometown club Northampton Town and made his debut at the age of 16 in a 3-3 draw in the FA Cup first round away to Bradford City. He replaced Lewis Wilson at the end of the 90 minutes of regulation time, but the match ultimately went to penalties and Northampton Town lost 4-2 in the shootout.
Having become the youngest-ever first-team player in Northampton Town's history, Toney continued to play for the youth team and scored four goals the following day in a 5-0 FA Youth Cup demolition of York City.
Toney made his first start for the first team on September 28, 2013, in a 0-0 draw with Morecambe at home, playing 74 minutes before he was replaced by Ben Tozer. In April 2014, he scored his first professional goals, netting a brace in the 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
His contribution to the team that season proved invaluable as they narrowly avoided relegation to the Conference Premier, with Toney scoring on the final day in a 3-1 win over Oxford United.
Toney was more prolific in the 2014/15 season for Northampton Town, scoring 10 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions. The team finished 12th in League Two - hardly a spectacular outcome, but at least they were well clear of the drop zone on this occasion.
On 6 August 2015, Toney joined Newcastle United on a long-term contract.
Struggling to take off with the Magpies
"The players here are a great standard and I can't wait to get going and show what I'm all about," said Toney upon joining his new club.
"Being a young lad who is scoring goals in the Football League was a great thing.
"Now I want to progress here and eventually do it in the Premier League."
However, after just four appearances for Newcastle he was swiftly moved on to a loan spell at Barnsley, scoring twice in 21 appearances. He spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Shrewsbury Town and the second at Scunthorpe United, scoring a total of 14 goals during that season - seven at each club.
The 2017/18 campaign was split between loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Scunthorpe United. Toney once again scored 14 goals - six at Wigan and eight at Scunthorpe.
On August 9, 2018, Toney joined Peterborough United on a long-term contract, with just four appearances under his belt from his time at Newcastle.
Shining at Peterborough
Toney scored 23 goals in 55 appearances during his first season at Peterborough, including an FA Cup hat-trick against Bradford City.
In the Covid-19-affected 2019/20 season, he fared even better, scoring 26 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions and winning the League One Player of the Season award.
On 31 August 2020, Toney left Peterborough for Brentford in a deal reportedly worth around £15million after add ons - making it a record deal for Posh. He was also linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as backup for Harry Kane.
Buzzing with the Bees
Toney immediately continued his fine form following his move to Brentford, and proved himself to be a lethal goalscorer even at Championship level.
In 48 league appearances, Toney netted a remarkable 33 goals, including a penalty in the play-off finals against Swansea City to secure Brentford's promotion to the Premier League.
Despite speculation of a move to other Premier League sides, Toney stuck with Brentford in their first season back in top-flight soccer and got himself into double figures in the Premier League.
His first goal for Brentford in the Premier League came in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on August 28, 2021, and a personal highlight came when scoring his first top-flight hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Norwich City on March 5, 2022.
He followed that up with a brace in Brentford's 2-0 home win over Burnley seven days later.
Toney ended the 2021/22 Premier League season with 12 goals.
Toney is married to home decor consultant Katie, and the couple have one son, Ivan Toney Junior, who was born in August 2019.
Toney has received online racist abuse and has condemned the way in which players have been used in PR campaigns against racism.
"We have had a long discussion about that; why we are not taking a knee," he told Sky Sports. "Everyone has had their say, and everyone agrees [that] we have been taking the knee for however long now and still nothing has changed.
"We are kind of being used as puppets, in my eyes; take the knee and the people at the top can rest for a while now, which is pretty silly and pretty pointless. Nothing is changing."
Toney's precise net worth is unclear, but Salary Sport reports that he earns £21,000 weekly at Brentford.