Ivan Toney relishing prospect of scoring goals in the Premier League after Brentford secured promotion with 33-goal striker admitting he ‘couldn’t wait to shut people up’ by netting crucial penalty in Wembley win over Swansea
Ivan Toney is relishing the prospect of scoring goals in the Premier League after Brentford won the Championship Play-off final at Wembley.
The striker converted an early penalty against Swansea City to take his season goal tally to 33 as the west London club reached the top division for the first time since the 1946-47 season.
The 2-0 victory, which was sealed by a 20th-minute second from Emiliano Marcondes, could be worth about £178million to Brentford.
Ivan Toney can’t wait to play in the Premier League after Brentford secured promotion
The striker scored his 33rd goal of the season – a penalty – in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Swansea
Toney, 25, made just two Premier League appearances when a Newcastle United player and is eagerly anticipating the step up.
‘I couldn’t wait to get the penalty, I couldn’t wait to put it in the net and I couldn’t wait to shut people up,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Even when they had 11 men, I don’t think they created any chances. We fully deserved it.
‘It’s a great bunch of boys, I think it’s the best dressing room I’ve been in and I’ve loved every single minute of it.
‘I’m in the Premier League with the best bunch of boys I could ever have dreamed of.
‘Who knows what is to come but, listen, I am a Premier League striker now and I can’t wait to score goals in the Prem.’
Brentford celebrate after they were promoted to the Premier League at Wembley Stadium
Emiliano Marcondes is congratulated by team-mate Henrik Dalsgaard as Brentford made it 2-0
Brentford captain Pontus Jansson said: ‘I’m so proud of this squad – we were here last year with a big disappointment and it’s been a hard year but we finally got here.
‘We felt so disappointed after Fulham last year but from day one we promised each other we’d be clever and focus on the next game, and now we’re here.
‘I am so proud and happy that I could go home to Sweden and retire because this is what I dreamed of. But I will stay here and play Premier League football.’
Goalscorer Marcondes is hopeful of a new contract now promotion has been assured with his existing deal poised to expire.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has managed to guide the club back to the top flight for the first time since 1947
Frank is thrown in the air by his players as Brentford celebrate earning promotion
The Danish midfielder said: ‘I have been hoping and waiting for a new contract for a long time.
‘But I have kept my concentration on the training and on the pitch, and to focus on what I can control.
‘I can’t control a new contract. Of course I hope to play Premier League, it’s my biggest dream. To come from a small town in Denmark and reach the Premier League would be unbelievable.’