To no one's surprise, Arsenal's Jon Toral has been sent away on loan for another season in hopes of developing enough to catch Arsene Wenger's eye and win a roster spot in the near future. After spending a couple years in the Championship, Toral is now deemed good enough to make a jump to La Liga as he'll be plying his trade at Granada in the upcoming campaign.
Granada have confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral. He joins on a season long loan. pic.twitter.com/5B3bDbrpHk— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFootball) July 12, 2016
Toral, formerly of Barcelona's academy of tax frauds, has performed reasonably well at Brentford and Birmingham City the last two seasons as he put up 14 goals and five assists in just over 3400 minutes. While these aren't eye-popping numbers, they're still good enough to warrant a move to a more advanced league like La Liga, especially a league which allows attackers to thrive.
Granada, as a whole, is not that good of a side. They finished in 16th place last season by virtue of goal differential and boasted one of the worst defenses in the league. They did add offensive wizard Paco Jemez as manager but his suicidal brand of attacking football will surely leave them vulnerable at the back. This could be good for Toral though, as he'll get plenty of chances to go forward on goal all day long in order to try and outgun the opposition.
With Toral having relatively solid seasons in the Championship and with Granada adding an offensive manager while losing several key offensive pieces, expect Toral to carry a pretty heavy offensive load on his back this season. Should be interesting to see how he pans out in this next challenge.