One of the more high-profile youngsters in Arsenal’s set-up, with his transfer from Barcelona last year having evoked anger from the Catalans, Jon Toral has settled quickly into life in London and is set to begin 2012 by being elevated to the Reserve side on a regular basis.
A midfielder who possesses sublime technique and pinpoint passing skills, Toral has shone for the under-18s during the first half of the campaign whilst operating in a deeper-lying position, similar to the one that Jack Wilshere performed in last season for the first-team.
The creator of several goals for Steve Bould’s side, whilst also finding the net twice himself, Toral still has much to work on in terms of the physical side of his game, but his progression to the second-string should provide him with the opportunity to test himself against stronger opponents.
Having made his Reserve debut against Aston Villa earlier this season, Toral is set to become increasingly involved with Neil Banfield’s side in the New Year, where he could soon be joined by fellow ex-Barcelona youngster Hector Bellerin.
Arsene Wenger has been keeping a keen eye on Toral’s progress in recent months and can’t fail to have been impressed with what he has seen, with the 16 year old’s wide array of skills complemented by improving defensive work and an excellent reading of the game.