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|
|Queens Park Rangers|
|2009||→ Blackpool (loan)||11||(1)|
|2010||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||14||(5)|
|2011||→ Cardiff City (loan)||14||(2)|
|2015–||Queens Park Rangers||12||(3)|
|2016||→ Milton Keynes Dons (loan)||4||(0)|
|2016–2017||→ Gillingham (loan)||28||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 April 2017 (UTC).
- 1 Club career
- 1.1 Arsenal
- 1.2 Ipswich Town
- 1.3 Bristol City
- 1.4 Queens Park Rangers
- 2 International career
- 3 Honours
- 4 Club career statistics
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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 club.
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, they beat club rivals 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 thus attained the Youth Premiership and FA Cup double together with the rest of the club's youth team that year.
He also formed part of the squad in first team matches during the 2008–09 season on two occasions. 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.
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 on 24 January 2010. Playing as a striker in a 3-man attack, he was substituted after 66 minutes.
After attending Blackpool's first home game of the 2009–10 season, he signed a one-month loan deal with the club. 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 Tangerines 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.
Doncaster Rovers (loan)
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 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 was effusive in his praise for Emmanuel-Thomas stating, "When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player but a great player". He scored a goal using the "hocus pocus" skill to get past two 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.
Cardiff City (loan)
On 18 January 2011, 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 United 5–1.
Emmanuel-Thomas scored his fourth goal for Ipswich on 4 February scoring his first away goal against Coventry City.
On 8 July 2013, Emmanuel-Thomas signed for Bristol City on a two-year contract 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. He scored his first professional hat trick on 26 October against Carlisle United to take his tally to 10 goals for the season. Emmanuel-Thomas finished the season with 21 goals. His strike partner Sam Baldock had scored 26 goals, meaning the two were the third best strike partnership in England with 47 goals between them in the 2013–14 season.
To start the 2014–15 season, Emmanuel-Thomas was used sparingly as new signings Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham flourished in attack for City. Bristol City started the season with a 22-game unbeaten run, propelling them to the top of League One and setting a new club record. Emmanuel-Thomas's first goal of the season came in a 2–1 away victory against Notts County on 31 August 2014. He then went 11 league games without scoring a goal, but finally broke his duck against Yeovil Town in a 2–1 home win on Boxing Day. After injuries to both Agard and Wilbraham, Emmanuel-Thomas shone in attack alongside loan signing Matt Smith, including setting up Smith for 2 of his 4 goals against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final. Emmanuel-Thomas scored both goals as Bristol City beat Doncaster Rovers in an FA Cup 3rd round replay at Ashton Gate, before scoring in back-to-back games against Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town. On 10 February 2015, he scored a 25-yard strike in City's 3–1 home win against Port Vale, taking his tally of league goals to 7 for the season and extending City's lead at the top of League One to 4 points, with a game in hand over second-placed Swindon Town.
Queens Park Rangers
On 12 June 2015, it was announced that Emmanuel-Thomas would join Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer when his contract at Bristol City expired in the summer. Thomas made his competitive QPR debut in the first game of the 2015–16 Championship season which resulted in a 2–0 defeat against Charlton Athletic, he came on as a substitute replacing Tjaronn Chery in the 71st minute. He scored his first goal for QPR in a Football League Cup match against Yeovil Town as they secured a 3–0 victory. On 3 October 2015, Emmanuel-Thomas scored his first league goals for Queens Park Rangers, scoring a double which helped his side to a 4–3 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Milton Keynes Dons (loan)
On 5 August 2016, Emmanuel-Thomas joined League One side Gillingham on a season-long loan for the 2016–17 campaign. He scored on his debut in a 3–1 win over Southend United on 6 August 2016. He then scored twice more when Gillingham played Southend again three days later in the EFL Cup. He scored 10 goals from 35 appearances for Gillingham before returning to QPR in February 2017.
Emmanuel-Thomas has played for the England under-17 team. In December 2009 he was part of the under-19 squad that qualified for the Elite qualifying round of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
Club career statistics
- As of match played 28 August 2016 
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup[A]||Europe||Total|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2009–10||Championship||14||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||5|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2010–11||Championship||16||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||2|
|Bristol City||2013–14||League One||46||15||4||4||5||2||0||0||55||21|
|Queens Park Rangers||2015–16||Championship||12||3||1||0||2||2||0||0||15||5|
|Milton Keynes Dons (loan)||2015–16||Championship||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Gillingham (loan)||2016–17||League One||5||3||0||0||1||2||0||0||7||5|
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