Danny Murphy has suggested that West Ham United should avoid making a move for Brentford’s Ivan Toney due to his lack of top-flight experience.
Hammers urged to avoid Toney
However, speaking to talkSPORT (via The Boot Room), Murphy believes it could be too big a gamble for David Moyes and co. He said:
“Toney is unproven. It would be a lot to shell out on a man who hasn’t scored in any top flight,”
“I’d rather say to Bowen ‘you have a go down the middle’ because he’ll get goals. He knows where the back of the net is… I wouldn’t be taking that gamble (on Toney).
“Watkins is a good example but there are probably lots of examples of players who’ve come from the Championship who haven’t done what Watkins has done.”
Worth the risk
During his career, Toney has just two Premier League appearances to his name (Transfermarkt), and this season is his first-ever in the second tier. However, his goalscoring record is one to be admired regardless of the level he is playing at. Across the previous campaign and this current one, Toney has managed 50 goals in 73 matches. He has so far passed every test with flying colours.
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More recently, there have been several examples of players comfortably making the step up to the Premier League from the Championship. Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins have both scored at least 10 goals this season after impressing in the division below, for example. Brentford will be hoping to be among the elite next term, but if the Bees fail to get promoted, there is no reason why the Irons should avoid a move for the former Peterborough man.
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