Midfielder Jon Toral’s time at Birmingham City was a short and sweet one.
Following the 26-year-old’s departure on the expiration of his contract at the MKM Stadium in 2020, after Hull City’s relegation to the third tier of English football, he arrived at St Andrew’s on a one-year contract, with the option of a 12-month extension.
Playing for the Blues before on a loan move from Arsenal, he enjoyed a reasonably fruitful 2015/16 campaign in the West Midlands as he recorded eight goals and four assists in the Championship.
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Unfortunately, he was unable to be as much of a success during his permanent spell under Aitor Karanka and Lee Bowyer last term, scoring his only two goals in the same match away at Reading in December and making just 16 competitive appearances in total.
Suffering a series of injuries through the 2020/21 campaign, his hamstring setback in April ruled him out for the remainder of the season and with that, Bowyer’s men opted against triggering the one-year extension on his agreement and released him in the summer, leaving him free to find another club.
Only playing in Spain and the United Kingdom during his playing career up until that point, the advanced midfielder opted to move out to Greece as he joined top-division side OFI in July, being given a three-year deal by the Crete-based outfit.
Despite being unavailable during the early stages of the 2021/22 season, he has returned to action recently and has started his current side’s last six league games, scoring a brace against Volos under a fortnight ago as he becomes more accustomed to life in a new country.
At 26, no one can rule out an EFL return for the ex-Arsenal youth product, but he is likely to be away from England for some time after becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet at OFI.