Michael Owen, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United attacker, has compared the form of England’s new striker, Ivan Toney to Manchester City star, Erling Haaland.
Toney has enjoyed an excellent start to the new season, scoring five goals in his first seven Premier League games for Brentford this season.
His startling form has earned him his first ever England call-up for their upcoming Nations League fixtures with Italy and Germany.
Toney’s strength and physical ability have particularly impressed Owen, which has led to him making comparisons to Haaland.
“Big centre-forwards, we associate them with winning flick-ons and being a target man. Nowadays, you see the likes of Haaland and Toney, they aren’t just that,” Owen told Premier League productions.
“They are running in-behind. They are showing pace. They are showing athleticism. Scoring all different types of goals.”
He added: “The other thing I like about Toney, and Haaland does it as well, if you get the wrong side of Toney as a defender, then you can’t get back. He’s just too strong, holds you off and then just shoots. “For somebody of the size of him, you just don’t associate this with him (his free-kick goal against Leeds). It’s unbelievable for a man of that size, it’s such an amazing goal.”