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Wolves backed to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been backed to plot a move for Brentford striker Ivan Toney in this summer’s transfer window…

What’s the word?

That is according to Journalist Pete O’Rourke who spoke to GIVEMESPORT: “Wolves are very much in the market for a new striker this summer. It’s a key position for Bruno Lage, and if he wants to sign someone like Toney – he’s ready-made for the Premier League.”

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O’Rourke added: “He knows what it’s all about, it wouldn’t be a gamble for him. And I think Ivan Toney’s really proved himself to be a good enough player to play in the Premier League, when a lot of people maybe doubted that when he was signed by Brentford in the first place from Peterborough.”

Previous reports suggest he could cost around £30m.

Jimenez upgrade

Toney has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. The 26-year-old’s 16 attacking returns in the form of 12 goals and four assists are evidence of this, with his threat up-top proving crucial in Brentford’s ambitions of staying up.

With his 12 goals from 30 matches, he has doubled Raul Jimenez’s tally, with the Mexico international playing the same amount of games.

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Though it’s Toney’s clinical nature that would make him a real asset to Wolves, with the Englishman missing just five big chances this season compared to Jimenez’s eight.

This is a stat that looks worse when you bear in mind both Brentford’s and Wolves’ number of big chances created, with the Old Gold creating just 35 big chances this season – meaning that Jimenez’s eight misses weighed more on the team than Toney’s five missed chances for Brentford.

Although there is the caveat that Toney has spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues, the 26-year-old has accumulated 144 goals in 363 appearances across his career, beating 30-year-old Raul Jimenez’s total of 124 in 394 games.

The Englishman who has “the mindset of a lion” according to Thomas Frank would be a huge upgrade on Jimenez in a creative sense too, with his match average of 2.52 progressive passes bettering the Mexican’s average of 1.61.

With Wolves struggling to score this season, Toney could prove to be a big upgrade on Jimenez.

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