THE “Pedro Caixinha Way” has come as no surprise to Jon Toral who says he is used to the new manager’s training regime from his time in Spain.
The midfielder spent the first part of this season on loan at Granada in La Liga and came through the Barcelona youth system so working six days a week is nothing new to the 22-year-old.
Caixinha has adopted a European style of training at the Gers Auchenhowie base and Toral thinks it can take players some time to adapt to the intensity.
Speaking to RangersTV he said:
“I am used to working like this because of my time at Granada; we almost never had a day off.
“We only had one game a week and it has been the same here, if you have one game a week then it is one day off after the game and that was the same over in Spain.
“I’m used to that structure and I have worked under it so it wasn’t a surprise for me when the manager came in.
“With the amount of games down south, especially in the Championship where I have played for the last two seasons, you need days off because you need the rest playing two games a week.
“I suppose it is down to the amount of games and a different mentality towards the game.
“When I went from Granada after being at Birmingham it took me time to adapt to that training as well as the style of play.
“If that style of training is well implemented, as the gaffer is trying to do and it is well explained and everyone understands what we do then it is good for the team.”
Toral faces a race against time to be fit to face Partick Thistle this weekend, the team his last game and goal for the Gers came against.
While the Spaniard admits he would have liked more goals this term he feels he will return to Arsenal at the end of the season a better player.
He continued: “I have been used to playing further forward on the pitch in my time at Birmingham and even at Brentford and Granada.
“When you play higher up you get more chances but with this deeper role my job is to do other things, make the team play a bit and move the ball around.
“It’s been great for my development, I feel like I have learnt to play another style of play and another position as well – that will always help me for the rest of my career.
“I have another season left at Arsenal so I will go back and it will depend on where they see me, in terms of whether they see me ready for the first team or if they see me doing better with another loan.
“I have to see if they want to give me another contract, so I will wait and talk to them and then we will go from there.
“I think I’m going back having improved, I try to learn from every season and every loan that I have and I think I have done that here so I am very grateful to the club and the staff.”