West Ham are said to be the only club still interested in signing one of England’s penalty heroes.

You’d struggle to find a better set of penalties than the 5 England scored against Switzerland to progress to the semi-finals of the European Championships. However, there was one that stood above the rest, one that baffled some of the Three Lion’s greatest ever players.

Ivan Toney must’ve had an immense amount of pressure on his shoulders given that he was probably only brought on with penalties in mind, The idea of missing and letting your nation down is one that affects even the greatest of penalty takers, that is unless your Toney. To not even look at the back and to just stare down the keeper to slot it home from the spot takes an indescribable amount of nerve.

Unsurprisingly, this elite mentality is one of the key reasons so many clubs were interested in signing him, including West Ham. Across his first two seasons in the Premier League, he had an immense 41 goal involvements to his name and he looked set to get a big move away from Brentford sooner or later. Disappointingly, he got caught breaching betting rules and this led to him getting a ban.

Since then, he’s only scored 4 league goals in 17 games causing Brentford to drop the valuation well below the £100 million they originally wanted. According to Claret and Hugh, the Hammers are now the only club left interested in acquiring his services and with just a year left of his contract the Bees may be eager to cash in.

Undoubtedly, Toney is a sensational player and he just needs to find his form again. Surprisingly though, it’s that big mentality that puts a lot of potential suitors, as well as fans, off signing him. The way he’s spoken about Brentford is disrespectful and disgusting. The East London faithful do not take kindly to disrespect and that sort of talk wouldn’t run at the London Stadium.

If he was genuinely happy to be at the club then there’s very few reasons to not want him, assuming he can get back to his best. At 29-years-old, he may not be the long-term striker fans would hope for but it would finally solve their striker woes which have haunted them for years.

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