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Rentford striker Ivan Toney said it was a ‘blessing in disguise’ that Rafa Benitez didn’t give him the chance to shine at Newcastle as he prepares for a meeting with the Spaniard this weekend. end.

Benitez, who is now in charge of Everton, was Newcastle manager in 2018 when the club decided to sell Toney to Peterborough for around £ 650,000.

Since then, the forward has rebuilt his career and he scored a record number of league goals last season as the Bees won promotion.

“It’s about having that chance and personally I don’t think I got that chance,” Toney told Sky Sports.

“That’s my opinion on it, but others might think differently. But it was a blessing in disguise, I came to Peterborough, got my bearings and I’m doing fine.

“When he (Benitez) came in I was injured at the time and he kind of said, ‘Put the injured guys at the bottom of the ladder.’

“So it was hard to accept, but I guess he’s the boss, he comes in and does what he wanted to do.”

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