Newcastle United are lining up a summer exit for Ivan Toney as they look to ship out several players deemed not good enough for the first team, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the 22-year-old striker’s red hot form with Scunthorpe United, where he has scored four goals in the last six games, has not been enough to convince Rafael Benitez to give him a chance in the senior side, having not trained with them since the Spaniard’s arrival.
It is said that the Magpies are willing to cash in on those that do not have a future at the club, having lost many on free transfers at the end of their contract, and Toney is reportedly among those in the firing line, with two years left on his contract after signing for the club back in 2015.
Football Insider verdict
Toney certainly does not seem to have a future on Tyneside and his exit seems a near certainty as the club try to make as much money from his sale as possible. The Magpies have seen a lot of youngsters leave at the end of their contract, meaning they are missing out on any sort of transfer fee, no matter how small that might be. They need to start making decisions much sooner than they are, and any sort of niceties must be replaced by a brutal axing when that decision is made. Football is a cruel sport, and Newcastle need to start pushing the youngsters destined for the door to the wayside to make way for the next batch of potential stars.
In other Newcastle United news, a five word statement from Rafael Benitez has made it clear what the club need to do next.