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Jay Hoping to Link Up With Chopra More Regularly at Town
Jay Hoping to Link Up With Chopra More Regularly at Town
Friday, 29th Jul 2011 09:52

New Town striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas says he’s looking forward to linking up with his former Cardiff team-mate Michael Chopra on a more regular basis at Portman Road. The duo were together with the Welsh club last season but the versatile youngster, who signed from Arsenal for £1.5 million rising to £2 million on Monday, says he never really got the opportunity to show his best form while on loan with the Bluebirds.

Confirming that he’d ideally like to play just behind Chopra or one of the club’s other out-and-out frontmen rather than wide in midfield, Emmanuel-Thomas said: “I’m good at attacking and making things happen. I’d most probably prefer to play off the striker, that would be the best place for me.

“I know Michael well. I spoke to him before I came and it’s going to be a good experience playing with him on a weekly basis.”

The 20-year-old says last season’s five-month spell with Cardiff - where he made nine starts and seven sub appearances, yielding two goals - was hampered by the Bluebirds having so many loan players that they couldn’t include all of them in their squad. He feels this prevented him from getting into his stride and playing to the best of his ability: “I think it kind of messed it up that they had a lot of loanees, so there were a lot of games I couldn’t be involved in because of that situation.

“I never really got going there. It was an awkward situation. When I first got there I played, then all of a sudden I was on the bench. It was a bit on and off, but hopefully that won’t happen here.

“Obviously, you can’t play well everywhere, but hopefully I can bring my ‘A game’ here to Ipswich this season.

“Week-in, week-out football with what’s going to be my hometown club, that’s what I’m hoping for.”

With plans in place to relocate to Ipswich, he hopes regular football and hard work will lead to consistent form and in turn progress to the England U21s and perhaps then on to the game’s highest levels: “I need to do it on a weekly basis. Even when you’re not having a good game, you have your moments when something has happened. But I need to keep it as consistent as possible.

“Every player has to prove his worth in the team and make sure he plays for his position. That’s down to the manager to decide. I’m just here to train and if I train well I’ll get my place.

“Everyone’s dream is to play in the Premier League and the Champions League but your career can only take you so far and it depends on how hard you work to get you there.”

Away from the pitch, the Forest Gate-born player is a keen tweeter under the name @WEDITSJET and hopes he’ll keep supporters amused: “I don’t know how many of them follow me on Twitter, but hopefully I can keep them entertained!

“WED is just a saying where I’m from which means ‘What else den?’. It’s just something that you put at the end of a sentence and if they catch on to it, they catch on to it, if they don’t, they don’t.”

But he promises that it'll be mainly on the field where he'll be providing most entertainment once the new season gets under way at Bristol City in a week’s time: “I’ve got a lot of tricks in my locker but I bring them out at the right time, you’ll just have to watch the whole game!

“I can’t wait. I’m buzzing for next Saturday, I’m just waiting to see how the team will start off the season.”

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Raedwald_625 added 09:58 - Jul 29
The lad sounds keen. Hope the partnership works - only time will tell.

It's getting close now!

truckertractorboy added 09:58 - Jul 29
go for it jet after the last 2 seasons(apart from the cup run) we need some good football back at portman road

Mummy_Short_Arms added 09:58 - Jul 29
Sounds like he's got his head screwed on. Best of luck Jay. Here's to you becoming a town legend.

fourpee added 09:59 - Jul 29
Sound like JET is v.happy to be here. Very good signing. COYB !!

CambridgeBlue added 10:00 - Jul 29
Good stuff. Like the look of this lad so far, hope he delivers!

hussey1969 added 10:05 - Jul 29
cool avatar,like the Nephilim quote "its getting close now"

blueoff added 10:06 - Jul 29
Oh dear, another university challenge Twitter !

HighgateBlue added 10:07 - Jul 29
Comments were made regarding his attitude before he signed, but so far he's said all the right things, and has seemed pretty sensible for a 20 year old. (Especially a 20 year old footballer!)

Relocating to Ipswich is a very positive sign. It shows he's serious and committed, which is relatively rare. I think JET and ITFC will be good for each other.


textbackup added 10:10 - Jul 29
can see him being a big hit down here... we'll end up getting promotion then one of the bigger clubs will take him off us for a big fee... but so long as he smashes in the goals while here i'll take that.

BlueBoots added 10:30 - Jul 29
“I’ve got a lot of tricks in my locker but I bring them out at the right time, you’ll just have to watch the whole game!"

I can see gates picking up at Portman Road if JET manages to score another like this one in his first few games :^D


ThatMuhrenCross added 11:00 - Jul 29
I think moving to Ipswich, and moving away from home is a good thing for him. It will allow him to concentrate on his football and not get distracted.

He also seems to have a lot to say for himself!

London_Blue added 11:06 - Jul 29
I'm sure you've all seen this but for those that haven't.....

This guy looks seriously good quality and I'm amazed PJ managed to sign him without a host of competition.

Can't wait to see him on Saturday and throughout the season. Good luck Jay and welcome.

Great work PJ!

N2_Blue added 11:12 - Jul 29
Really hope JET delivers, he's saying all the right things and he does seem pretty level headed for a 20 yo. He has the potential to be a huge hit here! Great to be truly excited by a Town player's been a while!

Heard him speak on sky sports news yesterday and he's actually quite well spoken, he doesn't speak like he tweets!

Lightningboy added 11:24 - Jul 29
If he's happiest playing behind Chopra ,then let's play him is cheap though JET,you need to start producing more than you did at Cardiff last season.

JimmyJazz added 12:21 - Jul 29
He looked very good during the open day and I heard a few people talking excitedly about him as I left. WED

icetruckiller added 12:58 - Jul 29
Has the potential to become a Town legend, let's hope you deliver your potential. Best of luck JET?

BlueMoolay added 13:16 - Jul 29
Anyone got any chants/songs for them yet..??? I've got one for Chopra (to the tune of the "conga")

Do Do Do.....Come on and do the Chopra,
Choo Choo Choo.....Just feed him and he'll score,
You You You.....Come on and do the Chopra,
Do Do Do.....It's Chopra night for sure.

Bring on the Season..... Buzzin..!!

BlueMoolay added 13:18 - Jul 29
.....and when he scores.....we can all start doing the conga in the stands...!!!

ncharles added 13:58 - Jul 29
Watching the JET goals it was interesting that the majority were self made or required quite a bit of work from him. Until we get a creative midfielder this might be useful.


Midfield - Carson, Leadbitter, Bowyer, Martin
Attack - JET playing off Chopra

Sounds fairly attack minded !

Raedwald_625 added 17:40 - Jul 29
Hussey, you wouldn't believe the amount of Homepride I used to get through.

LondonBlue, wasn't it you that told us that Civelli was finished a couple of days before it was announced on here? Got any more?


fourth added 18:52 - Jul 29
What position does he play?

We seem to have a lot of talent up front now, but who is going to do the hard work?

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