Profile - Jon Toral

Profile - Jon Toral

By John Williams
27 August
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Jon Toral


Toral was born in Reus, in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia. He began in 2015-16 playing football as a child with his local club, UE Barri Santes Creus, and then signed for Barcelona in 2003. Toral was a part of he under-15 team which won the 2009–10 Manchester United Premier Cup.

Toral caught the attention of Premier League club Arsenal while playing in England at the Manchester United Premier Cup in 2010. Along with Barcelona youth teammate Héctor Bellerín, he signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2011 for a fee reported as around £300,000; Toral began his career at Arsenal out injured with a damaged meniscus of his right knee, suffered in his final appearance for Barcelona in May 2011.

He broke into the reserve team during the 2013–14 season, scoring six goals in twenty appearances.

Toral joined newly promoted Championship club Brentford on a season-long loan on 15 August 2014. He finished the season with 37 appearances and 6 goals.

Jon then joined another Championship club, Birmingham City, on 30 July 2015 on loan for the season. Gary Rowett described him as "the best player on the pitch, in terms of his composure and his vision.

At the end of the season he picked up the club's Goal of the Season award, to add to his Players' Player of the Season and Supporters' Player of the Season awards.

On 12 July 2016, Toral was loaned to La Liga club Granada and was recalled by Arsenal on 10 January 2017 amid expectations of a loan to Rangers of the Scottish Premiership.

On 12 January 2017, Toral joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season. He was reunited with Mark Warburton, who had managed him at Brentford. Toral ended his loan spell with 15 appearances and 3 goals in all competitions.

After six years as an Arsenal player without making a single first-team appearance for the club, Toral signed a three-year deal with Hull City. The fee was undisclosed but reported as £3 million.

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