Simon Phillips claims Chelsea are leading the race to sign Ivan Toney
Simon Phillips has reported that Chelsea are leading the race to sign Ivan Toney and are facing competition from several Premier League clubs. Arsenal and Manchester United have shown interest, and the winter window could be busy for the Blues once again.
The Brentford striker is currently serving an eight-month ban after being found guilty of betting, but has returned to training and is set to return to action in January. A proven striker, he could make a telling difference to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Blues are plotting a move in January, and the Blues might hold a key advantage to sign the striker after Toney changed his agent from agencies to CAA. The Blues have a strong CAA contingent among their squad and it could aid them in the pursuit of Toney.
Chelsea’s goal scoring issues have continued this season as well, and the signing of Nicolas Jackson has been a little help given that the former Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson is currently adjusting to the league.
When January arrives, a lot of things might change, and Jackson could potentially begin scoring. However, Toney’s acquisition will be an excellent move for us. He boasts plenty of Premier League experience and finished as the third-top scorer in the league, which indicates how good he has been with a decent side.
The 27-year-old is a complete forward who drops deep and helps in the buildup, is good in the air, and can outmuscle defenders as well. Toney’s positional awareness is too good, and if we manage to land, we will have an elite no. 9.
At Chelsea, he will have top-quality service, and he will certainly thrive with us. Mauricio Pochettino will finally have an experienced centre-forward who is fluent in front of goal in the English top flight. Toney could eventually come clutch at the end of the season when it matters.
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However, we will certainly face competition, but a move to another club aside from us won’t make sense given that Man United already have Rasmus Hojlund and Arsenal have Eddie Niketah and Gabriel Jesus, while we have Jackson and Armando Broja. Broja could be sent on loan for more game time, which will make room for Toney’s signing, while Jackson is flexible and can also operate from the wings.