By Pranav Shahaney

17th Jul, 2022 | 9:40am

Leeds United to battle Manchester United and Newcastle for Brentford striker Ivan Toney

Leeds United are reportedly keen on bringing Brentford striker Ivan Toney to Elland Road this summer.

According to the Mirror, Jesse Marsch is keen on signing the 26-year-old English striker as he believes that he will work well in tandem with Patrick Bamford.

Toney, who scored 12 Premier League goals in the Bees’ first Premier League season, has also been linked with Manchester United, West Ham and Newcastle.

Worth signing?

We’re not particularly sure how Toney will work in a two-striker system and whether Marsch actually needs to play that formation next season.

Leeds have signed two central midfielders that are likely to start every game as well as a winger and number 10 who will have joined under assurances of regular first-team minutes.

Jack Harrison is undroppable on the left or right, wherever he’s deployed, which means that all the positions behind the striker are already accounted for.

Toney is a quality striker and we would take him as an upgrade on Bamford and ensure that the Leeds man plays as second fiddle to him.

Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry said of the Bees forward in April 2020, “He’s turned into a tremendous all-round footballer. It’s important to remember Ivan is not just an exceptional goal-scoring forward, he’s also an outstanding defender.”

Looking at him in West London last season, Toney is an extremely hard worker off the ball and is exceptional at getting others into the game.

He could drop deep and let the likes of Harrison, Luis Sinisterra and even Brenden Aaronson drive into the box and offer a goal-scoring threat.

This link certainly excites us and we would like to see it happen next season.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that a midfielder who was admired by Marcelo Bielsa is set to leave this summer.