Blues have signed Spanish midfielder Jon Toral on a season long loan from Arsenal.
Talented midfielder Jon Toral made 15 appearances for the under-21s last term. The Spanish playmaker made 15 appearances for the second string and 20 overall for the academy, scoring five goals.
An expert dribbler who can play on either flank or in the No 10 role, Jon left the Barcelona academy four years ago for Arsenal, along with his close friend Hector Bellerin, following the path of Cesc Fabregas. Toral has just turned 20 and while his “footballing brother” Bellerin is playing for the Arsenal first team, the midfielder went out on loan in the Championship to Brentford.
Toral had been one of the stars of Barça’s Under-16 team which won the global Nike Cup at Old Trafford in August 2010. He was a tall, powerful goalscoring midfielder compared to Frank Lampard. His “great friend” Sergi Samper, now on the fringes of the Barcelona first team, provided precocious intelligence alongside him. Bellerin was a little right winger. Arsenal were interested in all three.
Barcelona had offered Toral a contract to join the Under-18s but his heart was set on a move to England, the switch that had turned Fabregas into a world-class player almost a decade before.
After four knee operations between the ages of 16 and 18, and thoughts of quitting, every session and every game means more. This might not be precisely what was predicted for him, but Toral is very happy to get started at Birmingham:
“I was looking for somewhere to go on loan and gain experience, and I spoke to the manager and he wanted me to come over and play for Birmingham.”
“I thought about it for a few days and it was the best option, and I’m very happy that we could make it.”
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Born February 05, 1995
Penned his first professional contract in February 2012 for Arsenal
Spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Brentford.
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