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Brentford ace Ivan Toney: Newcastle and loans helped shape me

Brentford ace Ivan Toney says he's learned plenty since his time with Newcastle United.

Toney admits he took things too easy at Newcastle as a young player.

"I feel it did me good in terms of being patient and knowing that when your chance comes you have to take it," he told the Daily Mail. "And physically and mentally, there were times when Newcastle first sent me out on loan, where I felt I was getting bullied. I was used to Under-23s football, tiki-taka, but in the lower leagues, it's about results and putting yourself about.

"So from that first loan at Barnsley, I thought I needed to get into the gym and get a bit stronger. I realised I can't just be trying to play round people. You have to get stuck in in those leagues. There is nothing better than first-team football. You want to be getting a taste of it early so you know what you are stepping into.

"I was young when I moved to Newcastle and it is hard not to think you have made it. You are in the Premier League and people around you are saying, 'You are playing for a Premier League team, that's crazy'. You get brainwashed into thinking, 'Right, I'm here now, if I go on loan, it will probably be somewhere in the Champ, minimum'.

"When you go on loan you think, 'Right, I'm the big boy here, I've come from the Premier League, everything revolves around me'. But it doesn't. It's far from the case. If I could go back now, I would have worked a lot harder knowing you have far from made it at that age even if you are in the Premier League.

"Look at someone with the talent of Phil Foden. He could have been chilling when he got into the first-team squad at Manchester City but look at how hard he has worked. It is hard not to get sucked into the status rather than actually doing your job and knowing what you are there for.

"[Aleksandar] Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez were the first-team strikers when I was at Newcastle and I thought I had cracked it. I was training with these players and I was thinking, 'I'm in and around it now, I can take my foot off the gas', but that should be when you are just getting started. You need to keep going and break through. Why can't you be the main man even though you are young and these guys are on 100 times your wage? Why can't you be the main man?"

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