Newcastle United striker can ease Barnsley blues

Ivan Toney
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Newcastle United loanee Ivan Toney is confident his added firepower will help Barnsley climb out of the relegation zone.

The Reds are third from bottom in League One after seven successive league defeats, the club’s worst losing run since 1959.

But Toney’s arrival on a 28-day loan, alongside fans’ favourite Adam Hammill on an initial short-term deal, has already had an immediate impact.

Toney impressed on his debut and Hammill set up the equaliser and netted the winner in a 2-1 win over York City in the JPT quarter-finals on Tuesday.

“Now it’s back to domestic duty for Lee Johnson’s side as they look to get back on track in the league.

“I should have scored in my first game, but the goals will come,” said Toney.

“It’s going to be hard to change the losing mentality, but we managed to turn it around on Tuesday. Hopefully now we can go on a run, I’m sure they’ll get the results they want coming their way.”

Toney has joined the Reds on an initial one-month loan deal and is hoping to be a big signing for the club.

“Hopefully I can be a big signing for the club,” added Toney.

“I’m not sure what Newcastle want to do with me, so coming here was a great opportunity for me. Hopefully I can bring goals and a lot of positivity and spice it up a bit.”

Meanwhile Hammill has revealed he came to Oakwell because he feels “loved” at Oakwell.

“The club gave me an opportunity to showcase myself when I first played for them and I’m here again to do the same” said Hammill.

“They have been brilliant with me and welcomed be back with opens arms. That is one of the main reasons I joined even though I did have other options.

“This was a move that wasn’t incentivised by money, it was about finding a home where I felt loved and somewhere which will bring the best out of me again.

“And that’s what I believe will happen again here.”

Barnsley, 22nd in League One, play Port Vale today.