Arsenal youngster Jon Toral has spoken of his ambition to be a part of the first-team at the Emirates Stadium next season, following a successful loan spell with Birmingham City, as reported by ITV Sport.
He won both Supporters' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards at Birmingham's end of season bash last night, and went on to explain his goals for next season.
"Seeing players like Alex and Hector, they have been given the chance and taken it," he said. "I look forward to what's coming next. Arsenal have always been a team which has given young guys a chance and that was one of the reasons which made me go there when I was 16."
Toral, 21, arrived at Arsenal on the same day as fellow Spaniard Héctor Bellerín, but his career has taken an entirely different path to that of his former Barcelona colleague.
Toral's potential has never been in question, and his loan spell at Birmingham proved what he is capable of. In 36 Championship appearances for the Midlands club, he managed eight goals and three assists and helped his side finish the season in 10th position.
Bellerín has set an example of what can be achieved when given the platform to showcase one's talent. The Arsenal right-back took his opportunity when an injury to Mathieu Debuchy before their Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund in 2014 presented him with a chance to make his first appearance for the Gunners.
He has not looked back since that day and established himself as Arsenal's first-choice right-back.
Toral will be hoping he can follow suit next season, and prove to manager Arsène Wenger that he is ready for first-team duties.