Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - At the end of a record-breaking regular season, the 25-year-old is preparing to do what no other Brentford striker has managed in the play-offs

Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news

MetiNews.Com - At the end of a record-breaking regular season, the 25-year-old is preparing to do what no other Brentford striker has managed in the play-offs

Premier league news  Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news
17 May 2021 - 05:26

Breaking News ! When Ivan Toney arrived at Brentford on the final day of August last year there was pressure, expectation and big boots to fill. Ollie Watkins had just joined Aston Villa in a £28m transfer, Said Benrahma was soon heading to West Ham United for a deal eventually worth £25m. Combined they had provided 43 goals last season and outsiders wondered, with some justification, how a player who had only really done it in League One was going to replace that sufficiently enough for the West London club to renew a promotion push. Less than nine months on Toney leads Brentford into the play-offs once again, hoping to do what no other striker in the club’s history has managed and guide them to success in the format they have failed to progress from in nine previous attempts, with all expectations surpassed. Last weekend he became the record goalscorer in a single Championship campaign with 31; any doubts over his ability to lead a team on the cusp of the top tier dispelled many moons ago. The 25-year-old believed he could make a big impact, the club’s recruitment team were confident but no one thought he could achieve this. Thomas Frank, his head coach, has long run out of superlatives for Toney but as they face Bournemouth away in the first leg of their semi-final at 6pm this evening the Dane provided a fascinating insight into how Toney has developed since that £5m acquisition from Peterborough United. “He’s been through a big development,” Frank told football.london yesterday. “Every time you step into a new club it’s a new environment, new team-mates, new culture, new ideas. So step-by-step he got better and better. “We always knew he was a top goalscorer but we worked on some decisions in the box that fitted with our style of play and how we like to create chances. Some decisions in the build-up play, where we want him to be in terms of link-up play. “I worked a lot on his pressing game, which has improved a lot. We worked on his leadership behaviour and also the things around football. He’s had a top season and a big reason we’re here at this moment in time.” This time last year Frank was brutally honest about the club needing to sell at least one of their stars should they fail to be promoted.

. “We have a four-year contract with Ivan, we’re in a pretty good place,” Frank said. “I’d prefer to get promoted and make sure that he scores 15 goals in the Prem. We’ve planned to get promoted but aside from that we have a four-year contract.” Even if the next two weeks end in more play-off heartbreak? “It’s impossible to predict the future but we have a long contract,” Frank added with a smile. Toney commanding so much attention has also altered the dynamic of the team, easing some pressure on his team-mates and allowing others additional space and time. While Frank’s switch to a three-man defence, partially as a result of the injury to left back Rico Henry, has received plenty of focus in recent weeks, that the system gives Toney a strike partner is equally important. “On the pitch there’s definitely a lot of focus on Ivan but teams are aware he needs service sometimes,” the head coach added. “He can’t take the ball from his own penalty box, run all the way up and put it in the back of the net. Like all strikers he needs service. Read More Related Articles Thomas Tuchel explains why FA Cup will not change Chelsea's approach to Leicester league meeting “But he’s handled the pressure very well and, maybe, it gives a little more space to some players. It could do that now we’ve changed to two strikers and give a little more time for the second striker.” Christian Norgaard, the midfielder who has recently stepped into the centre of defence, is more than happy for Toney to get all the acclaim once it means they win their next two ties and reach the Premier League. “I don't care who's running away with headlines and attention as long as we win games,” the Denmark international said. “He can get all the trophies and man of the matches. If we stand with a promotion at the end I'm more than fine with him getting the credit.”

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Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news


Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news


Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news


Premier league news Frank explains keys to Toney's record-breaking season ahead of Bournemouth tie Last spor news

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