By Tom Blackburn

Ivan Toney has been lauded as a great player by Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon after he impressed against Coventry at the weekend.

Toney, 20, joined Shrewsbury on loan from Newcastle last week, and will stay with the League One side for the first half of the season.

He played 90 minutes against Coventry and struck the crossbar late on as the teams drew 0-0.

Mellon is glad the club worked hard to sign him and says it is clear that Toney has impressive pedigree.

“The thing is that you have to remember is that he’s a Newcastle United player and they paid a lot of money for him – he’s a top, top player,” he said, via the Shropshire Star.

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“He’s got that pedigree and I’m delighted that we got him here.

“We worked so hard to get him here for all of the reasons you’ve seen.”

Toney signed for the Tyneside club last summer from Northampton Town on a long-term contract, but after four appearances the forward has been sent out on loan for a second time.

The 20-year-old spent two spells on loan at Barnsley last season, scoring two goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for as they gained promotion to the second-tier via the play-offs.

Manager Rafael Benitez has given his approval for the youngster to head out on loan for some more experience, so he can push for a first-team spot in the future.

Benitez currently has new £10million signing Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrović all vying for a first-team forward spot, which has limited Toney’s chances of playing regularly.

After relegation last season Newcastle are aiming for instant promotion back to the Premier League, but have got off to an awful start with back to back losses against Fulham and most recently Huddersfield.

In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez reveals why he left their star man on the bench in the latest defeat.