CHRIS SUTTON: Ivan Toney has mastered Eric Cantona’s penalty stare… he is confident he will win the psychological battle against the goalkeeper and I watch on in awe
- Eric Cantona used to stare at the opposition goalkeeper before taking penalties
- It’s an amazing skill to have and one Ivan Toney has very much mastered
- Brentford star has scored 18 out of the 19 penalties he has taken in his career
Eric Cantona used to stare at the goalkeeper when taking penalties. He’d wait for his opponent’s knee to give away in the direction he was going, then duly stick the ball in the other side.
It’s an amazing skill to have and one Ivan Toney has very much mastered.
Sunday’s successful spot kick means he has scored 18 out of 19 penalties in his career, missing only against Barnsley in October 2018 for Peterborough.
Ivan Toney (above) has adopted the Eric Cantona stare before taking his penalties
Former Man United srar Cantona used to stare at the goalkeeper when taking penalties
He doesn’t even look at the ball. He only has eyes for the goalkeeper and is confident he will win that psychological battle, despite doing it in front of a packed stadium. It isn’t easy. If it was, every penalty taker would do it.
But Toney has perfected this process through practice. As soon as Jordan Pickford gave away he was going left, the Brentford striker went to his right.
I used to pick a side when taking penalties and do a slow run-up. But I watch what Toney does in awe. It’s perfection the way he executes it, an art form. Having a 12-yard expert is of great benefit to Brentford.
Toney’s (above) successful spot kick means he has scored 18 out of 19 penalties in his career