Chris Wilder is confident teenage sensation Ivan Toney has got the right attitude to enjoy a long career in professional football.
Toney, who became the Cobblers’ youngest ever player when he was used as a substitute in an FA Cup game at Bradford last season at the age of 16 years and 273 days, scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Dagenham.
Great things are expected of the striker, who is still only 18 but who is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch game against Oxford United.
Wilder is confident Toney has the all-important mental attributes to have a good career in the sport and is confident he can get the best out of the player.
“It’s the top six inches, the attitude,” he said. “He’s got talent but other players have got talent, it’s the ones that want to work hard, want to learn and for whom football is the main part of their life, that make it.
“If any young player has all that then they’ve got a real chance of making a career in the game.
“You can have the ability but you have to have the other bits and pieces that go with it as well.”
And he added: “The glass is always half full here and we always try to get the best out of each other.
“We don’t worry about young players not keeping their feet on the ground here, there are no concerns about that at all.”