Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Nathan Ellington presented with a golden chance to impress
Barnsley v Ipswich: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Nathan Ellington have a golden chance to prove they can be the answer to Ipswich Town’s goalscoring problems at Barnsley tomorrow.
The duo played a half each during last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Charlton and look set for some more game time at Oakwell due to the continued unavailability of injured pair Paul Taylor and Michael Chopra.
Having impressed in his first two games at the club following a �1.5m switch from Peterborough, Taylor will now be out of action for at least six weeks after cracking a bone in his foot. It could be significantly longer should the injury require surgery.
Chopra continues to struggle with a thigh strain and will definitely not play tomorrow, with his short-term prognosis unclear.
Ellington made just one league start in his debut campaign at Portman Road and was told by Jewell he could find a new club in the summer, while a below-par Emmanuel-Thomas lost his place as soon as Taylor was signed.
“JET knows he needs to do better than he did on Saturday,” said Jewell, who has not ruled out bringing in a striker on loan.
“He played for the Under-21s on Sunday (1-0 loss at Bristol City) and I’ve have had a long chat with him this week. He’s aware he’s got to turn that undoubted talent that he has into consistency.
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“When he is not having a good day, which happens for players, he has to make sure he still contributes something to the team. At the moment with JET, when it is not happening for him, he is not giving us anything else.”
Commenting on Ellington, Jewell added: “What I’ve said to Nathan is that while you are here, if you give it your best, then you have always got an opportunity.
“His opportunities have been limited and he hasn’t always been in the best of form confidence-wise in training, but the last two weeks he seems to have had a spring in his step.
“His contract is up at the end of the year and I think he has had a look around and seen how difficult it is to get clubs. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, people are cutting their cloth accordingly in a lot of areas.
“He just needs to start playing more games and scoring more goals and if that is with us then great and if it is somewhere else then he needs to do that himself. “Notts County wanted him on trial but I was not going to do that. Nathan is a full-time player, he is not a part-time player. He doesn’t need to go anywhere on trial and at the moment he is not going anywhere because he is part of my squad. He might well have an opportunity.”