Howe vows Newcastle will NEVER let gem like Ivan Toney leave again after Benitez flogged new England star for just £300k

    EDDIE HOWE hopes that Newcastle will never sell a gem like Ivan Toney on the cheap again.

    Rafa Benitez was Magpies manager when hitman Toney, then 22, was flogged to Peterborough for a paltry £300,000 in 2018.

    Toney joined Newcastle in 2015 and was loaned out six times before signing for Peterborough in 2018

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    Toney joined Newcastle in 2015 and was loaned out six times before signing for Peterborough in 2018Credit: Getty
    He signed for Brentford in 2020 and has since become one of the club's top players

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    He signed for Brentford in 2020 and has since become one of the club’s top playersCredit: Reuters

    Now Toney, 26, is a top-flight star with Brentford and in the England squad to face Italy and Germany.

    Toon had no director of football then and Benitez insists nobody told him about the striker’s potential.

    Under the Saudi owners, Dan Ashworth is tasked with linking up the first team and academy. And boss Howe said: “I’d love to think that would not happen now.

    “When you watch him play now, see his attributes and what he can bring to his team, he’s outstanding.

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    “The call-up is a great thing for players who go to the lower leagues and gives them hope it’s not the end of their dreams.

    “He has had to work his way back up and he has done incredibly well.”

    While Toney has a massive opportunity to stake a claim for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, Callum Wilson’s chances look slim.

    Newcastle’s No 9 was looking good for a recall after two goals in his first three games of the season but a hamstring injury has ruled him out since.

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    Toney earned his first England call-up this week

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    Toney earned his first England call-up this weekCredit: PA

    Wilson, 30, remains a doubt for today’s clash against former club Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

    But Howe insisted: “Never write off Callum Wilson, his mindset is incredible.

    “I don’t think his World Cup chance is gone and I don’t think Callum believes so, either.

    “He can’t sit there and dwell and go, ‘poor me’.

    “There’s time. I’m a firm believer in him and his abilities and I know Gareth Southgate is the same. He has to return, score and be consistent in his availability.

    “Maybe he has to have a bit of luck somewhere else to make that plane.”

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