With so many recognisable strikers on the books for Arsenal, would a potential loan move for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to Ipswich Town this winter be a step in the right direction for the youngster’s development?
Ipswich boss Roy Keane is contemplating a loan move for the highly rated striker this January and maybe JET (as known to the Arsenal fans) should seriously consider the offer should it come knocking on the door this winter.
The 19-year-old had good loan spells last season with Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers appearing 26 times and netting 7 goals in 3 months for both clubs. The multi-talented youngster can play in defence, midfield, as a wide man and even as a striker, which has even left Wenger a dilemma as to where he is best utilized.
The powerful youngster has only managed to make a total of 4 appearances so far in his Arsenal career and is eager to add to that tally during the upcoming year. However, with Robin Van Persie finally back to full fitness, Theo Walcott looking sharp and Marouane Chamakh impressing as of late, it seems the Englishman may have to look elsewhere to learn his trade on loan, or continue playing in the reserve league.
Portman Road would be an ideal proposition for JET. He could gain valuable first-team experience and develop his game further as a striker or wherever Roy Keane chooses to play him, should of course he decide to make a bid this winter. For only 19 years of age, The Arsenal youngster acquires great skill, tremendous aerial ability and has a commanding presence on the field.
Ipswich is of course a step down from Arsenal, but what the Under-19 England international ultimately needs is time on the pitch. A lot of Arsenal fans have already taken to the player, but many will agree that they can’t see him breaking through the senior ranks of Arsenal and cementing a first-team place just yet.
Alternatively, JET may decide to fight for a place at the Emirates Stadium, but in all fairness it would be a complete waste of time. Another choice for JET is to wait for better offers to come in before making a hasty decision. The fact is, in order for the youngster to hone his skills and develop as a player, he will need to play regular first-team football week in week out, and maybe Portman Road is the place for this to occur.
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