Ivan Toney displayed an impressive performance for Brentford B against Southampton U23s on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in a convincing 5-1 victory.
The striker played 75 minutes for Brentford B as part of his preparation for the upcoming return to competitive action. Despite being suspended due to betting offences, Toney is now eligible to participate in Brentford’s next Premier League fixture against Nottingham Forest. His hat-trick indicates that he is nearing full match fitness.
Toney, who has been associated with a possible transfer to Arsenal in January for an estimated £80 million ($101 million), showcased his goal-scoring prowess in the match against Southampton U23s. The striker scored two goals from headers and another from a tap-in while sharing the pitch with Romeo Beckham, son of David Beckham.
Toney was in excellent form before his suspension, netting 21 goals in 35 matches for Brentford during the 2022/23 season. The question now is whether he can reach those heights again this term. The Bees are in need of his contributions, sitting at 16th place in the Premier League table with just a four-point cushion above the relegation zone.
Brentford is set to face Forest on January 20, and Toney is highly likely to be part of the action. He aims to replicate his recent hat-trick, not only to help his current team climb the league standings but also to showcase his talents and attract interest for a potential move in the transfer market.