Birmingham boss Gary Rowett expects to see more from Jon Toral

The youngster has been a vital part of a Blues squad that has surprised many with their form this season.

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has backed Jon Toral to kick on from the promising form he has shown during the early part of his loan spell at St Andrew's, and become an even better player, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 20-year-old has been an integral part of the Blues' side this season, helping them surprise many to sit in the top half of the Championship table, just two places off a play-off spot. But Rowett admitted that he, perhaps unfairly, expects to see more from the Spaniard to guide the Midlands club towards the top six.

"It's hard to see Jon as a 20-year-old, you look at him and almost think he's a little bit older than that and a little bit more mature the way he plays and the calmness and composure he shows," he said. 

"He is only 20 and you have got to remember he is not dissimilar in age to Demarai or Viv Solomon-Otabor, of whom we are all a little bit more patient with in terms of that end product.

"He has certainly been an excellent player for us so far this season and I expect him to kick on even more from now on in."

As his manager alluded to, Toral has been impressive during his time with Birmingham, even if he does expect more. His tally of four goals makes him the side's second highest goalscorer in the Championship.

Nevertheless, the Blues are currently enduring a five-match winless run, and it is down to players like Toral - who have enjoyed some success this term - to steer them back onto the right path.

The Arsenal loanee had two great opportunities to do just that against Preston last time out, however, he missed both chances and the game ended in a draw. 

And with play-off rivals Cardiff ahead in their next game, Toral will know that should he fail to take the chances that come his way against the Bluebirds, then their winless run may well continue.

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