Northampton-born academy graduate Ivan Toney is to make his Premier League return as Brentford won promotion to the top tier of English football.
The 25-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot as Brentford beat Swansea City 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. The result means Brentford will make their debut in the post-1992 Premier League, having last competed in English football’s top flight in the old First Division back in 1946/47.
Toney had been linked with moves to Premier League clubs in the event of Brentford not earning promotion, after a remarkable season saw the striker score 33 Championship goals in his first season with The Bees. This scoring streak was a second-tier record, breaking down as 31 during the regular season plus further strikes in the semi-final win over Bournemouth and the final against the Swans.
Toney was born in Northampton and made a first team debut for the club in 2012-13. He scored 13 goals for the Cobblers before being sold to Premier League side Newcastle United in 2015 for an undisclosed fee. However, Toney struggled to get into the Magpies squad, making just four first team appearances for the Magpies.
He spent time on loan with Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan before joining Peterborough in 2018. Toney then joined Brentford last summer after scoring nearly 50 goals in 2 seasons at Peterborough, during which he also won the 2019-20 League One Player of the Season award.