NOT much will endear Arsenal fans to a youngster than turning over Tottenham on his debut.
That was exactly what happened for Tyreece John-Jules when the 17-year-old nephew of Strictly Come Dancing star Danny John-Jules was called up to the Gunners’ Premier League 2 team in September.
Three minutes into his first PL2 start, the two-footed striker teed up Joe Willock and then grabbed the deciding goal with a typically cool finish midway through the second half.
Another Arsenal star appeared to have been born.
With such vast talent in the Gunners academy, John-Jules’ potential is clear to see as he continues to stand out for both club and country.
Earlier this month, the former Charlton forward was key in the England U18s tournament victory in Spain.
The 17-year-old scored and assisted against Tottenham in his PL2 debut[/caption]
John-Jules has been with the Gunners since the age of eight[/caption]
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John-Jules scored the first of a 3-1 win over Belgium in the final having bagged a goal in every other game. He is another shining star in England’s bright future.
There is a touch of Thierry Henry in his footwork and finishing, which is no coincidence given the Arsenal icon was John-Jules’ idol growing up.
That meant when he was briefly coached by the Monaco manager earlier this year John-Jules listened intently.
“He only took us for two sessions because I was at Hale End at the time and then he came up here and started coaching the U18s,” he said.
He has also starred for England and is a regular for the U18s[/caption]
John-Jules scored in every game as England won a tournament in Spain earlier this month[/caption]
John-Jules starred against Arsenal as an eight-year-old for Charlton[/caption]
He was invited for a trial at Hale End and signed within a week[/caption]
“He taught me about movement and timing, and obviously gave me tips on finishing when we did striker drills.”
John-Jules has been with Arsenal since the age of eight and was spotted after scoring against the Gunners for Charlton.
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He was immediately invited for a trial and was signed within a week. His potential was clear.
John-Jules lives in digs with fellow academy products Vontae Daley-Campbell and Eddie Nketiah, who has made his first-team debut.
John-Jules lives in digs with Vontae Daley-Campbell and Eddie Nketiah[/caption]
The classy finisher has starred in Arsenal’s academy for almost a decade[/caption]
He is aiming to break into the first-team by continuing his prolific record for Arsenal’s U23s[/caption]
“The fact that players like Eddie, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have played with the first team is very encouraging to us all,” John Jules said, as quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
“It shows that Arsenal give opportunities to young players.
“Playing for the first-team is, of course, my long-term aim but in the short-term I hope to play as many games as I can for the U18s and U23s.
“If I can get plenty of goals that will be a massive help.”