Jay: I need to do it on a weekly basis

IPSWICH Town new boy Jay Emmanuel-Thomas admits he needs to start performing at his unplayable best on a more consistent basis.

The 20-year-old, who has signed for a fee of around �1.1m from Arsenal, is rated as one of the most skilful players to be produced by the Gunners in recent years.

His quick feet and powerful physique saw him given a handful of substitute appearances for the North London club at the start of last season, including cameos against Chelsea in the Premier League and Shakhtar in the Champions League.

However, Arsene Wenger has now reluctantly cashed in on his asset due to the fact the youngster was simply not showing his touch of genius regularly enough.

“I know I need to do it on a weekly basis,” admitted the versatile attacking player, speaking after an opening training session watched by over 2,000 fans at Portman Road this morning.

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“Even if you’re not having a good game you have your moments in a game, but I need to keep my performances as consistent as possible.

“Hopefully a fresh start will enable me to do that. I’m 21 at Christmas and I want to be settled and playing regularly.”

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Having previously been on loan at Doncaster, Blackpool and Cardiff, Emmanuel-Thomas says he is fully prepared for the gruelling Championship schedule.

He said: “Obviously I couldn’t have asked for a better team to grow up with in terms of teaching you how to play good football – passing and moving. It was a great upbringing and I thank them for that.

“But I know how physical it is at this level and how repetitive the training and matches are. I know what it’s all about.

“They’re a good bunch of lads here and they’ve made me feel welcome. I need that to play at my best and they’ve done that so far.

“I’m buzzing for next Saturday and can’t wait to see how we start the season.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT for full interview.

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