By Craig Scott

18th Mar, 2021 | 9:18am

Jeff Stelling claims Leeds-linked Ivan Toney will be PL player next season

Jeff Stelling will have had Leeds United fans drooling earlier this week by claiming Brentford striker Ivan Toney will be in the Premier League next season – with or without the Bees.

Toney, 25, netted his 27th goal of the season on Tuesday night as Brentford drew 2-2 with Derby in the Championship.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night after Toney’s goal versus Derby, Stelling shared his opinion on the former Newcastle striker’s future.

“To be brutally honest, whether Brentford are in the Premier League next season then I think there is every chance that Ivan Toney will be,” said Stelling, as transcribed by HITC.

Earlier this month, TeamTalk reported that Leeds were among the clubs interested in signing Toney at the end of the season.

It was reported that Brentford are going to value their centre-forward at £30million despite him only arriving in West London for £10million last year.

Arsenal, Leeds, Wolves and Leicester have reportedly asked to be kept up to date on any developments regarding Toney’s situation in the capital with them seemingly eyeing a striker for the summer transfer window.

That’s big news for Leeds fans.

Patrick Bamford has impressed in the Premier League this season. Only Mohamed Salah, Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have scored more top-flight goals than the Elland Road forward in 2020/21 despite him struggling at times in the Championship last term.

While Bamford’s been superb, he’s not irreplaceable and Leeds could be looking into some solid competition for the potential soon-to-be England international.

According to Wyscout, Toney has an xG of 20.5, which ranks him third in the Championship. But his overall goal tally in the second-tier is 26, which means he’s scoring way more goals than he’s expected to.

Three Championship players have had more shots at goal than Toney [85] this term and only Reading’s Luas Joao has a higher accuracy when it comes to hitting the target than the Leeds target [48.24%].

Toney also ranks way down in 29th in the second-tier for touches inside the penalty box per 90 minutes of game-time [3.5], so it just shows how prolific and how clinical he can be.

Leeds fans should love to have a striker like that at the club.

While Toney is so far untested in the Premier League, you just need to look at how Bamford and Ollie Watkins have managed to step up this term.

In other Leeds United news, this young ace shone for Leeds’ Under-18s on Wednesday as they won 8-2 against MK Dons.