Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Brentford striker Ivan Toney with a view of a potential move in the summer, according to The Express.
The 24-year-old Englishman joined the Bees to replace Ollie Watkins last summer. He had big shoes to fill, but Toney has more than lived up to expectations.
The former Peterborough star has scored 16 goals and has provided four assists in 22 games this term. That is a phenomenal return and it is no wonder that Arsenal and many other clubs are keeping an eye on him.
Arsenal have a tough decision to make in the summer. Alexandre Lacazette, who will turn 30 soon, has less than 18 months left on his contract. Mikel Arteta recently claimed that a decision on his future will not be made until the end of this term. (Read more)
Arsenal handing a big-money deal to a player on the wrong side of 30 isn’t a wise decision. That could be why Edu is keeping an eye on someone like Toney, and the Englishman would not be a bad option.
Brentford’s data-driven recruitment strategy has almost always worked out. If they feel Toney has the quality to be a top goalscorer, it is likely he will turn out to be one – jus like Watkins has been for Aston Villa this term.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Toney has set the Championship on fire with his performances. 16 goals in his first season at a new club is never easy, but he has managed to do it with ease.
Arsenal are looking at Toney but they will make no move this month. However, with Folarin Balogun set to leave and with Lacazette expected to be sold, a new striker will certainly be on Arteta’s wish list.
Toney will have to continue his form until the end of the season. Arsenal will have a number of options on their list, but Toney might get the nod considering that he will be cheaper than an established number nine from one of the top European leagues.