Brentford FC has a few years implementing a scouting system based on statistics and the interrelation of the staff with the different teams that make up the club, which we will talk about in future articles because it is worth developing it a little more in depth. However, in this article we are going to talk about one of the fruits of that system: the right transfer policy regarding strikers.
Brentford FC striker Ivan Toney is the Championship’s top scorer (and by a great marging) with a record of 22 goals in 27 games. The highlight of this is that The Bees have several close precedents with respect to scorers such as Neal Maupay, who currently stands out in Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Ollie Watkins, one of Aston Villa FC’s surprises in the English Premier League.
Both were strikers for Brentford FC and both were among the Championship scorers, Maupay was the second best scorer (tied with Tammy Abraham) in the 2018-19 season with 25 goals and Watkins was last season’s top scorer with 26 goals (tied with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic).
Toney, 24, a native of Northampton, was trained at his hometown club, Northampton Town FC, with whom he made his debut in the first team, playing a couple of seasons in League Two until Newcastle United FC appeared and signed him. Despite debuting with The Magpies against Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at the hands of Steve McLaren, the youngster was loaned out to Barnsley FC who, at the time, was in League One.
Newcastle United FC would continue to loan him to various League One sides such as Shrewsbury Town FC (twice), Scunthorpe United FC and Wigan Athletic FC until in 2018, Peterborough United FC signed him permanently, to play, once again, in League One. Up to that point in his career, Toney had not stood out for his goals. In fact, in none of his seasons as a professional footballer he had scored more than 10 goals considering all the competitions in which he played in.
With The Posh, Toney would show all his ability as a striker, scoring 49 goals in 94 games and giving 15 assists, which caught the attention of Brentford FC last summer, when they just had suffered the departure of Ollie Watkins and needed to replace those goals in some way. The Bees paid £5 million with the possibility of increasing up to £10 million if certain conditions are met.
The bet could not be better and Toney leads the Championship scorers table and is also third in the list of players with the most assists of the tournament with 7. Arsenal FC became interested in him in the recently completed January transfer window and to continue like this we will see him very soon in the English Premier League following in the footsteps of his predecessors at Brentford FC.