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David Moyes should urge West Ham United to replace Ivan Toney despite Danny Murphy suggesting the Brentford forward would be a risky summer signing.
Which is the word?
While talking on talkSPORT (2/16, 16:00), Murphy said the 24-year-old is not proven for the Irons to trust his potential, as for every Ollie Watkins there is a Jordan Hugill type.
The Hammers have recently been linked to interest in Bees’ star Toney, and the East London team is believed to be monitoring the free-touch talisman ahead of a potential offseason move to finally replace Sebastien Haller.
Should West Ham sign Ivan Toney?
Yes he would be perfect
No, it would be a bet
Toney has proven to be an instant hit at Brentford since he replaced Watkins last summer. 23 goals in 29 Championship appearances after a £ 5 million move from Peterborough to now being valued by the second tier team in £ 30 million.
Watkins scored 25 times more than 46 Regular season outings in what turned out to be his final season with Thomas Frank. Has happened to hit home 10 goals in 22 Premier League appearances since joining Aston Villa to £ 28 million in September.
Still, Murphy wouldn’t bet on Toney being Watkins 2.0 in the top flight next term.
“Toney is unproven. It would be a lot to spend money on a man who hasn’t scored in any top flight,” said the former England midfielder. “I wouldn’t take any chances.
“Watkins is a good example, but there are probably many examples of players who have come from the championship and who have not done what Watkins has done.”
Should West Ham sign Toney?
West Ham fans know all too well about second-tier players failing to make the grade in the Premier League, with Hugill just one recent example of forwards who moved to East London and failed.
The Irons paid £ 10 million to sign Hugill from Preston North End in 2018 under Moyes during the Scotsman’s first term at the helm, but would only do three appearances in claret and blue without scoring before he was transferred to Norwich City last summer in a deal that could strike £ 5 million.
However, Toney would be expected to be more of a Watkins than a Hugill, having already set a record in his short time with Brentford that the Middlesbrough-born shooter never had at Deepdale.
Hugill was left alone 23 goals in 100 Championship appearances during his two and a half seasons with Preston, including a best of 12 in 44 games in 2016/17.
Watkins has almost improved that in half of the Premier League outings and Toney would arrive at London Stadium fresh from the same upbringing that Dean Smith and Aston Villa have benefited greatly from.
Toney is also rounding out the rough edges of his game that former Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander saw in the striker when he sought his signing on loan from Newcastle United, to be sure the forward is ready to play at a higher level.
“On air, Ivan was one of the best I’ve ever worked with,” Alexander said. Athletic. “He was fast, aggressive, willing to fight and had a great finish. As a scorer, he didn’t need much improvement.
“Physically, he wasn’t ready to play at Newcastle either. He was a good draw, but he wasn’t complete. He still needed a lot of growth. He had all the attributes to play taller, but he just wasn’t physically ready then, as he is now.”
If Toney continues to score as freely as Brentford still fails to secure promotion to the Premier League, Moyes would regret not urging West Ham to seize the offensive star.
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