Emmanuel-Thomas for Cardiff City.
|Full name||Jay Aston Emmanuel-Thomas|
|Date of birth||27 December 1990|
|Place of birth||Forest Gate, London, England|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, Winger|
|2009||→ Blackpool (loan)||11||(1)|
|2010||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||14||(5)|
|2011||→ Cardiff City (loan)||14||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:47, 19 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Jay Aston Emmanuel-Thomas (born 27 December 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Bristol City FC. A product of the Arsenal Academy, he is a versatile forward and can play as a winger or centre-forward. In the past he has played in a variety of positions such as fullback, centre back and in the midfield but has now found his best position as a forward.
Born in London to a St. Lucian mother and a Dominican father, Emmanuel-Thomas is a midfielder who has also played as left back, left winger and centre-forward. He was at Arsenal from the age of eight, when he was spotted playing for his father's team by a Gunners scout, who invited him for dinner. He became captain of the under-18 youth team when he was just 16 years-old. In the summer of 2008 he signed his first professional contract with the Gunners.
On 6 August 2008 he played in Arsenal's pre-season friendly 2–1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Three days later he played for the first team in their 1–1 draw with Spanish La Liga side Sevilla in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament at the Amsterdam Arena. In the 2008–09 season he made 39 appearances for both the youth and reserve teams, scoring seven goals. He captained the youth team as they were crowned Premier Academy League champions. They were first in Group A and after beating Group C winners Manchester City 2–1 in the semi-finals, beat Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 in the Play-off final on 17 May 2009 at White Hart Lane.
He also played a big part in the youth team winning the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup, in which he scored in every round. Arsenal beat Liverpool 6–2 on aggregate in the two-legged final, with Emmanuel-Thomas captaining the side and also scoring in the 4–1 first leg win at the Emirates Stadium. He was also twice an unused substitute in first team matches during the 2008–09 season. Firstly, on 23 September 2008 in the Gunners' 6–0 League Cup victory over Sheffield United. Then again in Arsenal's 3–0 Premier League victory over Portsmouth on 2 May 2009.
Loan move to Blackpool
After attending Blackpool's first home game of the 2009–10 season, he signed a one-month loan deal with The Seasiders. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said, "I am delighted to have Jay. He is a fantastic young lad, he has a great physique and he wants the chance to come out and play. Initially it is just a month but I hope to convince him we can build on that and extend it for a longer period." The following day he made his professional debut as a 57th minute substitute, replacing David Vaughan in a 0–0 home draw with Derby County.
Talking about his debut, Emmanuel-Thomas said, "It was great and I enjoyed it. I've come to Blackpool to prove that I can play against men who are older and perhaps stronger than me, and that I can handle myself without any problems. Hopefully it will be good for me and will help me." He then scored on his full debut on 21 August in a 2–2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road, when his powerful header in the 56th minute went past Hornets goalkeeper Scott Loach.
On 18 September, after five appearances, his loan spell with the Seasiders was extended by a further two months. He scored his second goal for the Seasiders on 31 October in a 3–3 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. On 3 November, with his three-month loan spell ending after the home clash with Scunthorpe United the following Saturday, it was revealed that Ian Holloway hoped to re-sign Emmanuel-Thomas on a half-season loan in January 2010.
Return to Arsenal
After returning to Arsenal, Emmanuel-Thomas was an unused substitute for the Premier League games against Burnley on 16 December and Hull City three days later as well as Everton on 9 January 2010. On 18 December he signed a new long-term contract. He scored a hat-trick for the reserves in their 4–2 Premier Reserve League South win over West Ham United at Upton Park on 12 January 2010. He made his Arsenal debut when he started the 4th round FA Cup tie against Stoke 24 January 2010. Playing as a striker in a 3 man attack, he was substituted after 66 minutes.
Loan move to Doncaster Rovers
On 27 February 2010, he signed a one-month loan deal with Doncaster Rovers. He made his debut with the team the same day as substitute of James Hayter at the 76-minute. Emmanual-Thomas started the next game away against Bristol City and scored twice as Doncaster Rovers won the game 5–2. His loan was later extended till the end of the 2009–10 season.
Emmanuel-Thomas started the season in great form for the reserves, scoring 10 in 9 appearances. He made his first league appearance for the senior team against Chelsea on 3 October coming on for Jack Wilshere in the 81st minute. Manager Arsène Wenger has been effusive in his praise for Thomas stating, "When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player but a great player." He scored a brilliant goal using the "hocus pocus" skill to get past 2 defenders and shoot past the goalkeeper in a reserve match against Everton and fuelled speculation that he should be playing at a far higher level.
On 18 January, Emmanuel-Thomas announced on his Twitter page that he had signed for Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season. Toward the end of his loan spell he was drafted out of the match day 18 in order to facilitate Jason Koumas among the substitutes.
On 26 July 2011, Emmanuel-Thomas signed for Championship club Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 2–1 League Cup defeat to Northampton Town on 9 August 2011. His first league goal proved only to be a consolation as Ipswich were beaten 5–2 by Southampton on 16 August. Despite notching his first goal for the club, it was clear that Emmanuel-Thomas was still someway from his best, and was only showing glimpses of the trickery he had displayed in the Arsenal reserves. However, as the season moved into 2012, he really began to show the sort of form Ipswich fans had expected of him, despite the fact that the team were experiencing a poor run of form. After a number of long range efforts that had stung various keepers' fingertips and rattled the woodwork, Emmanuel-Thomas picked up his second and third goals for Town, as they pulled out one of the most surprising results of the season by hammering league leaders West Ham 5–1. His first goal of the game was a powerful low effort from all of 30 yards that went in off the post, while his second was a cool right-footed finish after Jason Scotland had put him through. Thomas scored his fourth goal for Ipswich on 4 February scoring his first away goal against Coventry.
On 8 July 2013, Emmanuel-Thomas signed for Bristol City on a two-year deal from Ipswich in a straight player-swap deal with winger Paul Anderson moving to Ipswich. On 3 August 2013, Emmanuel-Thomas scored on his debut for Bristol City. Emmanuel-Thomas continued his great start to his Bristol City career with a goal from a free kick against Coventry. The following week he hit another against Wolves. Emmanuel-Thomas scored and helped create the other in the 2nd Round of the Capital One Cup against Crystal Palace in a 2–1 win. On 4 September he scored against Bristol Rovers in a 2–1 win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Round, notably his best and most important goal of his Bristol City Career so far. When the 2nd round draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy aired on Soccer AM, Emmanuel-Thomas appeared as a guest on the show. When Bristol City were drawn against Wycombe Wanderers away, he predicted the game would be "light work" and he would score 2 in a 3–1 away win. He scored his 6th goal of the season against Shrewsbury to earn Bristol City a point, The following game he scored the 2nd goal in a 3–2 defeat against Swindon. Jay would score his first professional hat trick on the 26th of October against Carlisle. A 2nd half 33 minute hat trick earned Bristol city their first win of the season and gave JET 10 goals for the season  Jay continued his great scoring record for Bristol City by scoring a Scissor kick against Oldham and it took his tally to 11 goals for the season in only 19 games. Emmanuel-Thomas further improved his goal scoring form with another goal in a 2–0 win at home to Crawley Town, meaning he had scored 5 goals in 3 games. Emmanuel Thomas finished the season with 21 goals. His strike partner Sam Baldock, had scored 26 goals, meaning the 2 were the 3rd best strike partnership in England with 47 goals between them in the 2013/14 season, behind Liverpool's Suarez and Sturridge and Manchester City's Aguero and Negredo.
Club career statistics
- As of 11 February 2014.
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2009–10||Championship||14||5||0||0||0||0||14||5|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2010–11||Championship||14||2||2||0||0||0||16||2|
|Bristol City||2013–14||League One||42||15||9||6||0||0||51||21|
Emmanuel-Thomas has played for the England under-17 team.
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