Brentford striker Ivan Toney has spoken to The Guardian newspaper ahead of the start of the Premier League season. Brentford's first season in the top flight since 1947 starts tonight, Friday 13 August, against Arsenal. Ivan is one of only two Brentford players, the other being Sergi Canós, to have played in the Premier League, but he told journalist Ben Fisher that he didn't really see two appearances for Newcastle United in the same way as he would the upcoming season.
"I was on just trying to see games out, five minutes here, 10 minutes there," said Ivan. "I wouldn’t really say it was a Premier League debut … obviously it was a great achievement for myself but I want to be an established Premier League striker that is starting week in, week out. This is my chance to do it this season and hopefully I will get plenty of goals.”
The interview touches on Ivan's personal life and his tattoos, as well and his work in training. Ivan describes being told off by his Mum for his interactions with the opposition and how loan moves early in his career shaped him. In the piece, which can be seen in full here, he also discusses his mentality.
“If you see yourself as a winner, you’re going to be a winner, you’re going to make sure you become a winner," he said. "If you see yourself as fearless, you’ll be fearless. I think that goes far, not just in football but in everything. If you want to achieve something, it doesn’t matter what others think, you have got to make sure you achieve it.”