‘He gives us oxygen’: Sergi Canos praises Ivan Toney after Brentford striker misses goal in Aston Villa draw
- Brentford dre 1-1 with Aston villa in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- Ivan Toney opened the scoring in just seven minutes into the game
- It was the striker’s first goal of the season and an important one for him
Three games unbeaten, five points, and their main man Ivan Toney off the line. It’s a start for the “bus stop in Hounslow,” as their manager Thomas Frank described his side of Brentford.
Their broad men, Sergi Canos and Rico Henry, are not afraid to step forward, their defense is not shy physically, but it is Toney, 31 goals in the championship last season, who will define their season.
He got his count in order against a makeshift Villa side – Jacob Ramsey and John McGinn went down with Covid and Tyrone Mings with an injury – with a neat finish in the penalty area.
However, the striker is more than just goals. He brings others into play, he is deadly in the air and has an arsenal of finishes in his locker.
The 25-year-old was well in the shoes of Ollie Watkins last season and is now looking to take that next step. The way Canos raved about the attacker’s contribution spoke volumes.
“Toney played really well,” Canos said. “He gives us a lot of good things and if he can surpass what he already gives the team in goals, that’s great. ‘What a closure. Every time he goes for a header, for a flick, he wins it. He gives so much – he gives us oxygen so we can breathe and have a little bit of the ball.”
Toney’s goal – disallowed by Aston Villa’s Emi Buendia – left the West London club unbeaten in 15 league games over two seasons.
It’s early, but how Brentford Villa dominated in the first half shows there is no fear in their ranks; they believe they belong.
Take Vitaly Janelt, for example, who brutally slips the ball from goalkeeper Emi Martinez’s grasp as he primed himself with a small ball throw to clear the field. Janelt then smashed into an empty Holte End net and sprinted to the fans with a spike over his shoulder to referee Peter Bankes before it was disallowed.
With Toney at the helm, there could be many teams looking over their shoulder at the Bees this season.