Jewell backs JET to take off

Paul Jewell has backed his new JET to get the Blues flying up the Championship table.

Just four hours after he was confirmed an Ipswich Town player, former Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was displaying his array of skills against Colchester United in last night’s penultimate pre-season friendly.

Though the goalless match was abandoned after 78 minutes following a horrific head injury to United sub Andy Bond, there were glimpses that the man dubbed JET by Town fans could become a local hero.

Jewell preached caution over his seventh summer signing, which was confirmed just hours after new loan keeper David Stockdale, who also made his bow last night.

But the Town boss believes Emmanuel-Thomas can help provide the creative spark that was missing last season.


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He said: “We have seen flashes (of Jay) but we have to be careful. I don’t want to put too much on the young boy’s shoulders, even if they are big shoulders.

“He’s not 100 per cent fit, you can see that. He has missed a lot of training. He will get fitter and he will be a good player.

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“We don’t want to look at every time he gets the ball he has to score a goal. Creativity was a problem for us last season but I am sure it won’t be this year.”

Speaking after the abandoned match, Jewell confirmed that he was still looking to add more to his squad despite yesterday’s double swoop.

But he warned: “It is difficult to get a team to gel and it is going to take time.”

- Were you at the game last night? What did you think of the decision to abandon it? Let us know your thoughts at starsport@eveningstar.co.uk

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