Chelsea have discussed Brentford striker Ivan Toney as an option who could lead their line.
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That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones, via GIVEMESPORT, who claims that the 26-year-old has been identified as an option for the club, but is not a priority signing and instead serves as a viable move for Tuchel and co if they fail to land other targets.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “I’d say if there was a left-field target that Chelsea go to, maybe look out for Ivan Toney. If nothing else goes Chelsea’s way, then I know for a fact that they’ve got scouting reports on Toney.
“He’s been discussed, I’d say loosely, as an option that could come in, particularly at a late stage of the window. Now look, he wouldn’t be cheap at all, but he does have a decent goal record at a team that is new to the Premier League, and one of the things that Chelsea have been weighing up is what his output might be in a team of their standing.”
Having bagged 12 goals in his and Brentford’s first full Premier League campaign, Toney is in fact a fascinating target, and an astute one at that.
It does beg the question; if the 26-year-old can achieve 17 attacking returns, in the form of 12 goals and five assists, for a team that is new to the Premier League – what could he achieve at a club of Chelsea’s stature?
Based on his underlying metrics, registering an average of just 2.48 shots per 90, you get the gist that Toney could shine in a team like Chelsea, who created 22 more big chances than Brentford, who achieved a respectable 50 big chances last season.
Add in the fact that Toney breeds confidence in the front-line, due to his cool and collected approach, and from a Tuchel perspective, you have an elite striker who is simultaneously one of the best penalty takers in world football thanks to his composure.
Amidst murmurs of Aubameyang’s impending return to the Premier League and Boehly’s free-spending strategy this summer, I am shocked that the Brentford talisman has not been identified as a priority target for a side who are the joint eighth-lowest goalscoring side this season.