Newcastle United have recalled 21-year-old striker Ivan Toney early from his loan-spell at Wigan Athletic.
The club took to Twitter to announce the news this afternoon:
Newcastle United forward Ivan Toney has returned from his loan spell at @LaticsOfficial
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 10, 2018
Toney joined Wigan on a season-long loan in the Summer of 2017, and went on to make 28 appearances for the Club, scoring six goals.
It appears that Toney could be in Rafa Benitez’ immediate plans, as a reliable journalist has noticed something in the club statement.
Mark Douglas, who is the Newcastle Editor at the Chronicle, noticed that there is no mention of the 21-year-old going out on loan again, as there has been with previous loan recalls:
No mention in #nufc statement of him going out on loan again as there was with Adam Armstrong. Suspect his future will depend on whether NUFC can get the striker they want – otherwise he may be back-up option.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 10, 2018
Toney has always been regarded as a long-term project – having gone out on loan five times to four different clubs since his arrival at St James Park in 2015.
If Toney is to see any playing time with Newcastle this season, it won’t come in the FA Cup, as the 21-year-old is cup tied after featuring for Wigan in the prestigious competition.
Football Inside verdict:
Aged only 21, Toney has an abundance of first team football under his belt, having featured heavily in all of his loan spells. Although it does not seem that Toney is going to be a first time regular for Newcastle just yet, but his potential in undeniable. One take on this deal could be that Benitez is expecting to lose one of his forwards this January, and has brought Toney back in as cover should that happen. Mitrovic is the subject of heavy interest so Toney could be a backup plan for him.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are eyeing a deal for this Chelsea FC youngster.