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Hammers get chance to see what we missed out on

Ivan Toney

The game against Brentford on Saturday represents the opportunity for Hammers fans to run the rule over a player who might be playing up front for us had David Sullivan taken hi s former manager Barry Fry’s advice.

Ivan Toney instead signed for the Bees at around £10 million and after grabbing 31 goals in 44 games following the departure of Ollie Watkins to Villa and became the most potent striker in the Championship.

His adjustment to life at the top starts this season but Peterborough’s director of football Fry has no doubt he is a £40 million to £50 million star in the making.

Fry has explained on various occasions how he had revealed the boy’s  abilities to Sullivan but that eventually a player rated at around £10 million at the time was sold to Brentford.

The Irons – unbeaten in pre-season thus far – will again be playing a team which will be desperate to make an impression after three wins in pre-season.

They play their biggest so far against Manchester United tomorrow before meeting us on Saturday and Valencia next weekend.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon