Tyreece John-Jules has signed a new contract with Arsenal yesterday, and it will be intriguing to see what lies in store for the youngster this season.
Firstly, it is worth recapping how John-Jules got to this stage, with the forward having concluded last season in spectacular fashion – the highlight being his strike for the first-team in Al-Nasr in Dubai.
The 18-year-old was also hugely impressive for the U23s as he progressed under the guidance of Freddie Ljungberg, who will undoubtedly have informed Unai Emery of the quality that John-Jules possesses.
Usually deployed as a striker but also capable of operating on either flank or as a number ten, John-Jules isn’t quite as clinical as Eddie Nketiah, but is superior at linking up play and is very hard working.
Having featured for the first-team in pre-season, the next step for John-Jules is surely to make his competitive debut for the senior side, something which should happen very soon indeed.
Then, depending on the circumstances surrounding the club’s other strikers, there is a possibility that John-Jules could head out on his first loan spell in January, which will help to provide more of a gauge of the level that he is currently at.
With Nketiah likely to head out on loan, John-Jules will be eager to stake his claim for frequent involvement with the squad, and if he continues to progress then he could well fulfil that objective.
John-Jules has worked hard to get to this stage, but, as he acknowledges, there is still much more for him to do in his quest to make the grade at Arsenal.