Brentford boss admits Ivan Toney did incredible thing in training - will be like 'new signing' on return

Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images)Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images)
Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images
Brentford have lost four Premier League games in a row and are counting down the days to have their star striker back.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank shared his excitement at having striker Ivan Toney back in his side after a painful 4-1 defeat to Wolves at the Gtech Community Stadium, saying that the England international will be like a 'new signing'.

Toney, who has 68 goals in 124 appearances for the Bees, was banned from football for eight months for breaching FA betting rules but is set to return after January's FA Cup meeting with Wolves - which offers Brentford a chance at revenge after Wednesday night's showing.

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After the defeat, Frank was asked about his excitement to see Toney return to the squad and admitted that the talisman was raring to go, if his training performances were anything to go by. Frank said: "I think either way, if we were number one in the league, bottom, or mid-table where we are, we would look forward to getting Ivan back.

"Of course, we look forward to getting Ivan back. It's getting closer. We had an in house game the other day and he scored two goals, so that'll be just like a new signing."

Frank also looked to take positives in his side's creativity going forward against Wolves, despite the scoreline, in a similar mantra to that adopted after defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.

Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images)Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images)
Ivan Toney is nearing a return after his ban. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

The manager said: "We made a big mistake for the first goal and then we gave two other goals where, if we hit our high standard of defending we don't give them away, but okay give a little bit of fair play to Wolves. I think actually we did a lot of good things, created a lot of good chances, and even more dangerous situations that could or should have been a goal.

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"It was a weird one. It's football, it happens and it's in moments like this, when things go against you, you have to show what you're made of. This is a good club, good squad, we have character in abundance and will go again Saturday."

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