Jamshedpur FC have signed former Arsenal youth academy graduate and forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas ahead of the upcoming season of the ISL. The 31-year-old striker is vastly experienced having played out the bulk of his career in the English Championship, League One and the Scottish Premiership.
Born in London, Jay was eight years old when he joined the Arsenal Academy and after several years signed a professional contract with the club in 2008. He was shipped out on loan to clubs in the English Championship over the next three seasons. However, he did manage to make his debut for Arsenal FC in both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in the 2010-11 season, although it would turn out be his only two outings for the club’s senior team.
In July of 2011, Emmanuel-Thomas transferred to Ipswich City and continued playing in the English Championship. Besides Ipswich, Jay made a number of appearances for Bristol City who he helped win promotion from League One to the Championship in 2014-15.
QPR, Cardiff City are some of the other clubs Jay turned up for and he also had a brief stint in Thailand with PTT Rayong in 2019.
Over the last two seasons, Jay has featured in the Scottish Premiership – first with Livingston FC and last season with Aberdeen. He did not score any goals for Aberdeen from his 14 appearances in the league.
His overall record in the English Championship: Matches: 126; Goals: 19; Assists: 14
League One: Matches: 110; Goals: 32; Assists: 19
Scottish Premiership: Matches: 32; Goals: 3; Assists: 1
The 6’3″ centre-forward has also represented England at the U-17 and U-19 level. Among the foreign players, his arrival follows that of Australian forward Harry Sawyer and Brazilian midfielder Wellington Priori who were also signed for the upcoming season.