‘I’m just a laid back guy,’ says JET

JAY Emmanuel-Thomas makes no apologies for his laid-back style of football, telling Ipswich Town fans ‘you’ll get used to me in time’.

The recently-turned 21-year-old has certainly endured an inconsistent first season at the club. There have been glimpses of the tricky feet and powerful snap shots which persuaded Paul Jewell to pay Arsenal �1.1million for his signature last summer. However, his lackadaisical running style means that too often he has drifted out of games or given away possession cheaply.

And that has caused a fair bit of frustration among the Blues faithful who know that they are so close – but at times seemingly so far – from having a top quality player on their hands.

Stood with hands in pockets, broad shoulders well and truly relaxed and hoodie over head throughout his latest media interview, the East Londoner was asked about his approach to the game.

“If you know me, you know that’s just how I am,” he replied, with a wry smile.


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“I spend life just walking around laid back, that’s just how I am and people will get to grips with it in time.

“That’s just how I play and the manager knew that when he brought me here. I’m a laid back guy, I get on the ball, I have a little style about how I play.

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“I’ve hit the crossbar twice recently and forced some saves out of the keeper recently, so I’m just waiting for one to fly in. I’m not really known for scoring tap-ins – I’m more a wonder goal man!”

He added: “There’s a lot more to come from me. I think when the team finds its form, you’ll see me at my best.”

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