Ivan Toney: Can England ignore Brentford striker’s penalty perfection?

Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney hasn’t ever ignored a penalty for Brentford

Ivan Toney endured his electrifying shape with a double in Brentford’s 2-0 win over Brighton – so can England have the funds for to depart him out?

Toney scored an elegant backheel flick for the opener in Friday’s win and slotted in a penalty, which he received himself when being fouled via Joel Veltman.

That takes him as much as 55 targets in 100 video games since becoming a member of Brentford from Peterborough in 2020.

But extra pressingly, he’s stage on Premier League targets with England’s first-choice striker Harry Kane on 8 this season.

Only Manchester City phenomenon Erling Haaland, with 15, has extra.

Across 2022, simplest Kane (21) and Son Heung-min (18) have scored extra Premier League targets than Toney’s 15.

Add to that, Toney hasn’t ever ignored a Premier League penalty, admitting a part of his luck is considering of the “beach and cocktails”.

Now, is there any reason why Gareth Southgate may just do with a excellent penalty-taker when he’s naming his World Cup squad subsequent month?

‘I take into accounts being on a seashore with a cocktail’

Toney, 26, spent nearly all of his occupation within the Football League till Brentford’s promotion in 2021.

If he does play in Qatar, it might be his global debut at any age stage. He used to be in England’s squad for his or her contemporary Nations League video games however didn’t play.

“I see myself at the top, I see myself as the best player on the pitch. You have to have that mentality,” he mentioned after the win over Brighton.

“I’m just trying to do the best I can for the team and if it’s enough to get on the plane to the World Cup then so be it.

“All I will do is do my task after which with a bit of luck it’s sufficient. If I am getting to the World Cup then with a bit of luck I’ll get some mins there.”

Brentford supervisor Thomas Frank mentioned: “I feel he is getting nearer and nearer [to being alongside world-class strikers].

“If you want to create a top scorer then they need to be technically very good so the way he can connect with the ball, left foot, right foot, the free-kick against Leeds, the chip, he’s so good technically. He’s just got that character about him as well.”

The Dane added that if he used to be England supervisor, he could be in his World Cup squad. “It’s up to Gareth to choose but Ivan has something special not many have,” he mentioned.

“It would be a big thing if he got the first cap, that would be amazing. It would be the first time in 80 years for this club.

“I’m biased however I feel he is an ideal are compatible for the squad if you wish to have that flexibility for the squad.”

Penalties taken/scored
Yaya Toure 11
Dimitar Berbatov 9
Ivan Toney 8
Rickie Lambert 7
Raul Jimenez 7
Ashley Barnes 7
Jan Molby 7
Garry Parker 6
Stephen Hunt 6
Elano 6
Anwar El Ghazi 6
Graham Alexander 6
Clive Wilson 6

Toney’s penalty record is remarkable – scoring 25 of his 26 career efforts. His only failure has been in Peterborough’s 4-0 League One defeat by Barnsley in 2018 when Adam Davies saved his kick.

For Brentford he has scored all 20, including eight in the Premier League. Only two players have taken more spot-kicks in the competition without missing – Yaya Toure and Dimitar Berbatov.

“I do not even know the place I’m going till I kick the ball for the consequences,” admitted Toney. “The keeper tries to offer it the debate however I simply stroll away, bring to mind various things, like being on a seashore with a cocktail.”

Last November, less than four months after Toney was an established Premier League player, Frank called him the best penalty-taker in the world.

“I’m satisfied I mentioned it very early,” said Frank. “He’s backing me up. Looking previous the report, I see coolness, methodology and technique.”

If Toney does go to Qatar it will cap a remarkable rise for a player who started off for Northampton in League Two before a move to Newcastle, where he made just two Premier League appearances.

He had loan spells with Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan, before joining Peterborough on a permanent deal and then Brentford.

“It is OK having excellent coaches but when the participant does not concentrate or has the mistaken perspective he has no probability,” former Premier League striker Dion Dublin said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Toney should have mentioned to himself ‘I want to tackle board all this knowledge’.”

Can Southgate ignore him?

Ex-England international Dublin thinks that Toney could not only go to Qatar, but also start for the Three Lions.

Bar Kane, Toney has conveniently outscored all his rivals for a centre-forward slot – Roma’s Tammy Abraham, Newcastle’s Callum Wilson and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“Right now he may just fairly simply get started for England,” Dublin told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Defenders would worry taking part in in opposition to him as a result of he’s discovering techniques of scoring that others don’t seem to be. When you might be in shape like that, simply give him the ball.”

England have only ever won one World Cup shootout, against Colombia in 2018, and lost the Euro 2020 final on spot-kicks to Italy.

On Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher – who missed in England’s penalty shootout loss to Portugal in 2006 – said: “Is his penalty report a reason why by itself to take him to Qatar?

“That record is absolutely astonishing. You know it is a goal before he takes the penalty. It’s all in the eyes.

“If England are to do smartly within the World Cup they’ll most definitely want to win a penalty shootout. Toney isn’t a nasty participant to have to be had.

“I don’t see a great array of strikers pushing Harry Kane. That penalty record has to give him a stronger reason than people he is battling. He has to go.”

Another former England defender in Gary Neville mentioned: “I played in eight tournaments and was knocked out with five penalty shootouts.

“To no longer have him there could be a large chance.”

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