In the past 12 months, there have been suggestions that selling Ivan Toney was a mistake by Newcastle.
The striker has been on fire in League One, proving to be lethal in front of goal for Peterborough United.
Toney scored 16 goals last season for the third tier outfit. He’s done even better this time out, currently the division’s top scorer with 19.
The youngster’s form in front of goal has attracted attention from elsewhere, with Bournemouth linked with a £13million move.
That would be some profit for Peterborough, who signed Toney for just £350,000 in 2018.
But if, or when, the Posh sell Toney, Newcastle will receive some extra cash themselves. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed on Twitter that Newcastle included a ‘very large’ sell-on clause when Toney left the club.
You do indeed. A very large one. https://t.co/XoMlFsxcxg
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) January 29, 2020
And his exit from the London Road Stadium might not be far away.
On his official YouTube channel (Feb 2nd), MacAnthony stated that Toney can leave Peterborough if they fail to win promotion this season.
“We made it clear to Ivan that he’s our main guy, we’ve offered him a new contract and that if we don’t get promoted we’ll sell him in the summer,” he said.
Darren Ferguson’s side are certainly in the race to reach the Championship, currently in third place.
But if Peterborough don’t win promotion, then it could be good news for Newcastle. Who knows if we let him go too early, but the more money we can get for him the better.
Rafa Benitez didn’t give him a chance before he sold him in 2018, and maybe that was a mistake. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Steve Bruce will certainly wish he still had him amid the Magpies’ current striking woes.