Tyreece John-Jules had the unusual experience of facing Arsenal U21s this week.
The forward, who is on a season-long loan at Ipswich Town, was brought on in the second half as the League One side ran out 2-0 winners in the group stages of the Papa John’s Trophy.
It is encouraging that John-Jules has avoided injury so far this season, with the youngster having endured much misfortune on the fitness front during previous campaigns.
John-Jules has found himself in and out of the Ipswich starting lineup so far this season – he was a substitute again for today’s game against Plymouth – but when he does feature he often plays with confidence.
Against Arsenal John-Jules started off on the left wing before switching to the right flank and he made good use of his flair and pace.
So far John-Jules has found the net once for Ipswich, with that strike, which came against Shrewsbury Town, earning him the club’s goal of the month award for August.
John-Jules will hope to enjoy a productive season with Ipswich as he looks to help them earn promotion to the Championship, although it remains to be seen what will happen to him at Arsenal beyond this season.
Given that he will be 22 years old by the end of the campaign, we are now approaching the time where a concrete decision will need to be made regarding on his future at the club, but at present his main focus is on staying fit and making an impact for Ipswich.
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Would be great to see him progress to our first team, though not very likely given the level he is playing at at the moment.
Good luck to him!
I’m really grateful to Jeorge Bird for these updates. As an Arsenal supporter one is naturally focused in the first team. But it’s also great fun to watch and read about the youth and reserve teams.
As I can’t quite see the path for him now I suspect he’ll likely move on but make a decent career and wouldn’t be at all surprised if he ends up playing for someone in the premier league. Here’s hoping he proves me wrong and comes back to us a world beater.
If someone deserves some good luck and an injury free season it has to be Tyreece. Would be marvellous if he did enough to earn some more time at Arsenal but it’s going to be a tough ask, the talent is definitely there for sure, so give it all you’ve got fella.
I watched the game against Argyle. He played well, almost scored twice, keeper made a save and a deflection kept him from the back of the net. I don’t see his pathway into the first team, he will likely be sold. Tidy player playing with confidence, you can see his quality, just not at our level. Good luck to the lad.