Jon Toral returns to Arsenal this summer after a loan spell at Birmingham City that has been an unequivocal success.
The midfielder had already caught the eye with his performances, but at the club’s end of season bash he picked up three awards. The 21 year old was named Supporter’s Player of the Season – garnering 40% more votes than anyone else.
He won goal of the season for a brilliant volley against Ipswich, and won the acclaim of his peers by being named Players Player of the Year.
Speaking last week, Toral spoke about his desire to have a conversation with Arsenal about what the future holds for him.
“I’ll go back to Arsenal and then we’ll decide from there. I’ll play pre-season there and see what the future holds for me.
“I think I have progressed a lot this season with more minutes on the pitch. That’s what you’re looking for when you go out on loan – to get some experience of football at a high level.”
Whether he’s done enough for Arsene Wenger to promote him to the first team squad next season remains to be seen, but with a number of midfield departures (and rumoured arrivals), it’s an area of the team that will get something of a shake up.