Former Watford captain urged Chelsea to sign 26-year-old Premier League star

Troy Deeney believes Brentford forward Ivan Toney would be a success at either Chelsea and Man Utd.


Toney has made a fine start to the campaign at Brentford with scoring five goals in six Premier League appearences so far.

The 26-year-old forward has been rewarded for his form with his first England call-up as he makes a late bid to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s team for the World Cup tournament in Qatar later this year.

Toney was rumoured with Arsenal and Man Utd in the summer transfer window, however, Deeney, who spent five years in the English top-tier with Watford, feels the Brentford forward could be a long-term solution for Chelsea.

‘This guy has proven for a few years now that he can do it on the next level,’ Deeney wrote in his column for The Sun.

‘I remember Ivan was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United previously and he would have shone there.

‘He would have been a perfect fit for United in terms of what they currently need up front, as well as Arsenal until Gabriel Jesus redefined that role for them.

‘If he has the year he will likely have, even Chelsea will be keeping an eye on him.

‘He could go there long-term and be a real success under Graham Potter.

‘You look at the certain type of striker nowadays, your Darwin Nunez or Erling Haaland who are 6ft-plus and are mobile and can score all different types of goals, you have to put Ivan in that category.

‘He has always been a humble kid but he is very confident in his ability and when you score the amount he has over the past two years, you would back yourself.’