Thomas Frank hails ‘unbelievable’ Ivan Toney as Brentford striker stars against Spurs despite off-field drama

England striker Toney has been charged with 262 alleged betting rule infringements by the Football Association (FA), and has until January 4 to reply to the governing body.

The 26-year-old missed out on World Cup selection but returned to form in the league’s resumption, taking part in the build-up for Brentford’s opener and then scoring the second.

When asked how Toney maintains his total focus on the field, Frank replied: “I wish I knew I would bottle it later and sell it for a lot of money.

“He is very, very special in that way, with incredible character and mindset and the ability to stay focused in the moment. His performance today, wow.

“He has a natural internal drive to constantly push himself and those around him, and 11 goals now in the Premier League is impressive. He is constantly a threat, he is special”.

Vitaly Janelt and Toney had Brentford 2-0 up and through the hour, only to Spurs to evoke his latest impressive comeback.

Frank was left frustrated that his team couldn’t close out the victory, but also continually delighted by the poise and persistence of his bees.

“Until Kane’s goal, I think there was a team on the field, it was us, and for the 90 minutes I think we deserved the win,” Frank said.

“We go into every game believing we can win no matter who we’re playing and we know we have a chance against every team.

“I think this league is relentless, and it’s very strong. I think the big six plus Newcastle are almost, almost out of reach.

“And then there are 13 other teams, including us, that need to see if they can go as high as possible. So that’s the ambition.” .

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