Brentford striker Ivan Toney is set to make a triumphant return to the Premier League after serving an eight-month ban for 232 breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules. In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports and the Daily Mirror, Toney expressed his gratitude towards Brentford for their support during this tough period.
Toney, who will make his comeback against Nottingham Forest on January 20 in the Premier League, is determined to repay the club by helping them navigate through a relegation battle in the second half of the season. Currently, Brentford are sat in 16th place, just four points above the relegation zone, and Toney believes he can play a pivotal role in steering the team to safety.
He said: “The club was right behind me from the first bit. The fans were behind me, which was a massive part. Everyone knows Brentford is a family club; they have been nothing but amazing for me. I can’t thank them enough, especially the fans. So, it’s kind of like I have a lot to repay”
Despite speculation about his future and concerns over his form, Toney remains confident in his ability to contribute to Brentford’s success. The striker, linked to both Arsenal and Chelsea, is eager to prove that he can continue the remarkable form that saw him score 20 Premier League goals last season.
He added: “With Brentford, they’re struggling now, but I’m sure when I’m back, I will play a big part to get them out of the losing form they’ve been in. I can’t wait to get back and help my teammates.”
Acknowledging the challenges ahead, Toney downplayed any sense of pressure, and emphasised his excitement to return to the pitch. He credits Brentford’s support system, including manager Thomas Frank and former captain Pontus Jansson, for being instrumental during his ban.
“Thomas Frank has been nothing but the biggest help I could have asked for—the whole club has. I have a lot to repay them, and I can’t wait to try and do that,” Toney said, highlighting the extra efforts made by the club, such as additional training sessions, to aid his rehabilitation,” added Toney.
As Toney gears up for his comeback, Brentford fans eagerly anticipate his return, hoping that his goals will be the driving force behind the club’s resurgence in the challenging months ahead.