Ivan Toney is enjoying himself at Peterborough in League One.
Now, it has been reported that Bournemouth are interested in signing him for around £13m. Of course, the 23-year-old used to be on the books of Newcastle United, where he made four first-team appearances, which has led to Twitter page @NUFC360 taking the opportunity to discuss their former player.
Bournemouth now looking at Ivan Toney for around £13M. He’s got 23 goals so far this season.
Safe to say, not all the decisions Rafa made were good ones, but I suppose that goes for everyone. The kid could just be a late bloomer. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 12, 2020
This has got the club’s supporters reacting, and it seems they are torn on whether it was a good decision to let him go. Some believe that just because he is scoring on a regular basis in League One, it doesn’t mean he could do it at the highest level.
Or he is just scoring goals in a league two divisions below. A PL team being after him doesn’t mean he is PL quality. The lad hasn’t even done it in the Championship…like a Dwight Gayle for instance.
— Rob M (@GeordieRobM) February 12, 2020
BREAKING: Player does well two divisions below. Former manager was wrong to let him go. Get real. Seriously. No disrespect to League 1 teams. But the gulf in class is massive. If Rooney starts scoring plenty for Derby were united wrong to let him go? What a joke this is.
— Craggles (@NUFCJunkie) February 12, 2020
And him leaving was the right thing. There’s a 25 man squad and as he got older, he needed games and had OK loan spells but has done well since leaving.
He’s no better than Dwight Gayle – but he’s making the most of his talent. Good on him.
— David Pick (@davidpick1987) February 12, 2020
He’s scoring goals in League 1 though…can’t fault a Premier League team for letting him go. I doubt he’ll kick a ball in the Premier League for the rest of his career.
— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) February 12, 2020
He’s playing in league 1. Massive difference
— AOGB (@ABeere5) February 12, 2020
Indeed, scoring goals in the lower divisions doesn’t always guarantee success amongst the elite, but Toney can only perform against what is put in front of him. Dwight Gayle is proof, though, that adapting to the top tier is not easy – he has scored 23 goals in each of his past two Championship campaigns, but has never managed more than seven in the top flight.
Others, meanwhile, believe the club should have put a buy-back clause in when letting him depart at least.
Toney is a natural finisher you could see that a mile off, just wasnt given the chance under Rafa and wouldn’t have fitted into Rafas style of play, if our chief executive had any footballing brain he would have put a sell on clause or buy back clause but he hasn’t and didnt
— Paul (@toonarmy2020) February 12, 2020
A prudent Premier League club would have put a buy back clause into the deal. Just in case.
— James Lowery (@jlow88) February 12, 2020
Indeed, that would have been an intelligent move. Now, a rival Premier League club could sign him, and if he performs at the same level as he currently is, he would represent a bargain at £13m.
One other supporter has suggested that every club makes mistakes.
Chelsea got rid of Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku for a fraction of what they’re worth now. Every club has made mistakes.
— 🇬🇧🇬🇧 DavidL1980 🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@L1980David) February 12, 2020
Indeed, it can happen in football. Time will tell whether Toney makes the grade or not.