Brentford head coach Thomas Frank believes striker Ivan Toney and the rest of his squad are ready to attack the Premier League head-on as they prepare for the new season’s opening game against Arsenal.
Toney scored 31 goals in the Sky Bet Championship last season and helped the Bees finish third before securing promotion with a win over Swansea in the play-off final at Wembley.
After missing the team’s final friendly against Valencia as a precautionary measure due to a neck problem, Frank confirmed that Toney will be fit to face Arsenal as Brentford Community Stadium prepares to play world-class football live for the first time on Friday night Sky Sports.
Friday, August 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Kick-off at 8:00 p.m.
“Ivan Toney had one goal – that was to go to the Premier League with us and he achieved his goal. Now we want to attack the Premier League together,” said Frank.
“I believe in Ivan 100 percent. He has all the skills to score goals in the Premier League, with a great mentality and a great belief in himself that you have to have as an offensive player.”
“He has all the skills – his connection play, his finishing, his timing in the box and his awareness. So I’m sure he will score goals in the Premier League.”
Toney has played in the Premier League before – but only briefly as a substitute during a time at Newcastle early in his career that included several pyramid loans.
However, the 25-year-old has continued to deliver after returning to the championship from Peterborough in September 2020.
Despite the well-deserved praise, Bees boss Frank feels that Toney is keeping himself very grounded.
“He is very level-headed, has fantastic values and therefore fits into our group,” said Frank.
“I keep talking about these four working principles: performance, togetherness, attitude and hard work. Ivan ticks all the criteria.
“When I talk about attitude, I always say confident but humble. He is massive, massive self-confident, but also humble and with the right values as a family person.
“He has great faith in himself and the team, which I think is a great help to him and the team too.”
Brentford is heading into the new Premier League season which will see them return to the Premier League for the first time since the 1946/47 season, a largely unknown factor.
Frank insists, however, that his squad isn’t just there to level the numbers.
“We’re a bumblebee – they’re not meant to fly, but we were still able to fly into the Premier League and will always do everything we can to fly as high as possible.
“The goals for me are very simple – one, the next game on Friday against Arsenal and then the next game against Crystal Palace, that’s how far I look ahead.
“I’m extremely laser focused on the next game and aim as high as possible.
“We want to think positively and attack as many minutes as possible in the Premier League, that’s our goal.”