When Ivan Toney chose to celebrate bringing Brentford level in the west London derby on Saturday by mimicking Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal celebration, the Bees’ centre forward must have known he was risking tempting fate. The Serbian striker wasn’t content with breaking Brentford hearts by climbing majestically to meet Kevin Mbabu’s last-minute cross and scoring the winner.
Mitrovic – known to dislike the media commitments that come with being a matchwinner – offered his own personal riposte following the final whistle. Today’s Times quotes the Fulham number nine discussing Toney as follows:
“Everybody has idols. He used to play with me in Newcastle and he was my boy. My idol was [Alan] Shearer and I am probably his idol.”