Agbonlahor urges Chelsea to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Ivan Toney
It is no secret that Ivan Toney is a man in demand, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur among the teams circling. The English star is currently banned but is nearing a return to action with a point to prove.
Tottenham Hotspur parted ways with long-time goal scorer Harry Kane last summer and despite the strong start under Ange Postecoglou, the lack of an infallible goal getter up top is apparent.
Richarlison helps make up the numbers but lacks the same cutting edge in front of the goal that Kane displayed. Bringing in a serial goal scorer should help take the pressure off Son Heung-min and James Maddison, adding a new dimension to Ange Postecoglou’s attack.
Back to back losses in the Premier League once again highlight the need for further additions at the N-17. With the 2024 January transfer window fast approaching, Daniel Levy and Co have an opportunity to address the shortcomings in the squad and push on to secure a trophy.
One man who is expected to be available is Brentford striker, Ivan Toney. While Spurs are linked with the 27-year-old, former Premier League star Gabriel Agbonlahor via talkSPORT (h/t Football.london) has urged Chelsea to steal a march on landing the Bees striker.
“Ivan Toney, for me, Spurs or Chelsea. If Chelsea can work a deal, maybe a 10-year contract, they look to do their contracts long, but I could see him at Chelsea.”
Toney has just 18 months left on his current contract with Brentford. While the Bees have little leverage in terms of negotiations, they are still holding out for a king’s ransom. It could very well come to a point where the club that pays the most will land the player.
Tottenham cannot afford to throw away the position they find themselves in. Not building from a position of strength saw us waste much of the promise that Mauricio Pochettino’s stint promised. Levy and Co should be keen to avoid another repeat.
After all, losing out to Chelsea will not just impact our frontline options but also strengthen a direct rival primed to overtake us.
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Toney’s ban expires in January and he is expected to return to the field when Brentford take on Tottenham on January 30th, 2024. Which side he will line up for on that night remains to be seen.