Tyreece John-Jules made his debut for Lincoln City against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, earning praise for his performance on the day.
Tyreece John-Jules wasn’t just making his senior debut for Lincoln City, it was also his competitive debut for any senior team.
The 18-year-old is still waiting for his Arsenal first-team debut. He did play for the u23s against lower-league senior opponents in the EFL Trophy. It’s a different matter in a full-strength league game though.
By all accounts, the young striker had a good day in Lincoln’s 1-1 draw. He only joined the club a day earlier, so it wasn’t a surprise he came off after 65 minutes. All the same, the club Twitter account called his debut “promising” and reported that the away fans gave him a good ovation.
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton seemed to enjoy the performance too, saying after the game: “Tyreece is going to be a footballer and I am looking forward to working with him.”
John-Jules’ main contribution to the match was creating a couple of chances with strong link-up play. You can see them at 0:08 and 1:12 in the below highlight reel:
The highlights from yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town 👇 pic.twitter.com/oQsheeZhJy
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The striker also completed 80% of his passes, a higher percentage than any of the nine players behind him. Only his strike partner Tyler Walker completed a greater percentage (85%), though Walker did so from fewer passes attempted in a longer period on the pitch.
We all know John-Jules is strong at that side of the game. Mikel Arteta called him a ‘complete player’ after the confirmation of his loan. Now he just needs to get off the mark on the scoresheet to cement his place in Lincoln affections.