Brentford have really established themselves as a Premier League side after gaining promotion in 2021 and are currently in their third season in the Premier League. However, one story has dragged on for what seems an eternity and looks set to continue until January. The future of Ivan Toney is certainly a talking point following his ban from the game but it looks like Brentford are already prepared for his departure.
Ivan Toney to leave
It is more than likely that Toney will depart the Gtech Community Stadium and it would have probably happened had he not had the ban in place. With Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United all sniffing around and enquiring with The Bees about a prospective move in January.
With Toney likely to command a handsome fee of around £60 million, or £80 million if you ask Todd Boehly, Brentford will look to reinvest it all completely into a new striker who could match the vice captains 20 league goals last season.
Who could replace him?
There are several names being banded about given the likelihood of Toney’s departure but there only seems to be one name that keeps cropping up and it is a compatriot of manager Thomas Frank.
Danish striker Jonas Wind has been making a career for himself since his January 2022 move to Wolfsburg. After quickly becoming a cult hero figure amongst FC Copenhagen fans as he grew up in a suburb of Copenhagen and then played for the side in for five straight seasons, making his debut at the tender age of 19.
Now 24, he has the experience of playing for his country 20 times and notching 7 goals for Denmark. In his whole career, he has 62 goals in just over 150 games which is mighty impressive for someone who is still young in the game.
Could Wind step up?
He certainly can! He is ready and raring to go in the Premier League if Brentford side him tomorrow. Standing at an impressive 6ft 3in, Wind already has 5 goals in 5 games putting him 4th just ahead of Leroy Sane in the Bundesliga top goalscorer charts.
As you can imagine at 6ft 3in he is strong in the air and rarely loses a battle against this opponent which means he fits into the Toney mould. However, Wind also has the ability to drop deeper into the central attacking midfield position and cause just as much havoc there. Already this season, two of his goals have come from that position.
Could the move for Wind happen?
With Frank at the helm he obviously has the Danish influence but Wind could well want to challenge himself in the Premier League. It was rumoured that Brentford were wanting a move for a striker in the summer and Wind was one of them looked at, so even if Toney does not depart then they are still in the market for a striker.
With Wind expected to cost £40 million it could be a deal that could work out brilliantly for Brentford!