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Sports : Ivan Toney takes Premier League goal vows as Brentford boss says striker is ‘the best penalty taker in the world’ and better than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe


Ivan Toney is backing himself to replicate his league form in the Premier League next season.

The Brentford forward scored 33 goals, including a penalty in a 2-0 play-off final victory over Swansea, to return his side to the Premier League for the first time on Saturday.

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Toney gave Brentford a crucial lead from the penalty spot against Swansea

Toney’s first season with the Bees couldn’t have been better and the 25-year-old believes he will be just as deadly in front of goal in the top flight.

When asked if he is going to score goals in the Premier League, he told talkSPORT: “Of course.

“I have a feeling you’re going to have chances in the Premier League, so it’s up to you to grab them or not. I support myself to try my luck per game.

“Who knows? Maybe I’ll get those numbers in the Premier League.

Toney scored his 11th penalty of the season when he opened the scoring for Brentford in the 10th minute.

Emiliano Marcondes doubled the Bees’ lead 10 minutes later as they sealed the promotion to the Promised Land.

Toney has been a revelation for Brentford since arriving from Peterborough last summer

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Toney has been a revelation for Brentford since arriving from Peterborough last summer

In an interview with talkSPORT at Wembley, Brentford boss Thomas Frank insisted that Toney is the best penalty taker in the world – and better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

He said: “It’s remarkable how well he leads the team, scores goals, teams up and adapts.

“Actually at the end of the season I don’t think he’s been at his best because it’s been a long season and he’s struggled a bit, but that says a lot about his mentality and his mental toughness, and his ability to take penalties is insane.

“He’s by far the best penalty taker in the world, and I’ve texted him all year and told him he is.

“Every time Ronaldo missed a penalty, I would tell him ‘you have to text Ronaldo’. I told him he has to text Mbappe and that he has to text Messi.

Frank was blown away by Toney's form in a Brentford shirt

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Frank was blown away by Toney’s form in a Brentford shirt

“He said to me ‘yes I texted Messi but he was a little arrogant, he did not answer’.

“No! It’s just a bit of a joke, sure, but he is. It’s that calm of him.

“You know he will score, but of course you feel a little [nervous] because you know he’ll miss one eventually.

“But I hope it will be after his sixth Premier League attempt or something like that.”





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