Tyreece John-Jules has joined Blackpool FC on a season-long loan from Arsenal, his first opportunity to play Championship football.

Tyreece John-Jules with Arsenal (Photo via John-Jules on Instagram)
Tyreece John-Jules with Arsenal (Photo via John-Jules on Instagram)

Blackpool and Arsenal confirmed on Thursday that Tyreece John-Jules will join the Championship side for the 2021/22 season. It’s a step up for the striker, after spending two previous spells in League One.

John-Jules said of the move: “I’m delighted to be here and can’t wait to meet the lads and get out onto the pitch.

“I’ve spent the last couple of seasons on loan in League One and wanted to challenge myself at the next level, and there’s no better place to come than Blackpool to do just that.

“I spoke to the gaffer before joining and he made me feel comfortable and excited for the journey here, so I’m really excited for this coming season.”

Neil Critchley made a point of emphasising the relationship they’re building with Arsenal, after Daniel Ballard’s successful loan spell in Blackpool last season helped them achieve promotion to the Championship in the first place.

“We really value the continued working relationship with Arsenal and would like to thank them for trusting us with Tyreece’s development,” Critchley said.

“I’ve followed Tyreece’s progress for some time now, both with Arsenal and for the England youth teams.

“He’s an attacking player who brings plenty of creativity, whether that be with goals or assists, and he will fit in with the work ethic we have here in the squad.”

Tyreece John Jules of Doncaster Rovers warming up before the game on 9th January 2021. Copyright: Simon Whitehead / News Images / Shutterstock
Tyreece John Jules during his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, warming up before the game on 9th January 2021. Copyright: Simon Whitehead / News Images / Shutterstock

James Benge made the point on Twitter that Arsenal have started to develop a habit of rewarding clubs that oversee positive Gunners loan spells by sending them further players.

Doncaster Rovers are another example, with Ben Sheaf joining them, followed by John-Jules, followed by Matt Smith this season.

After Blackpool did so well with Ballard, only to miss out on bringing him back this summer, it’s good to see the two clubs have found another player who can hopefully help out on loan to the benefit of everyone involved.

As for John-Jules, this looks like an excellent move for him. After his injury struggles in his last two loans, it’s great to see that a Championship manager still sees that he’s worth taking a chance on. It should really allow him to test his abilities against good-level opposition.

Blackpool had Everton striker Ellis Simms on loan last season, and they gave him 24 appearances in the four months he spent with them. John-Jules will now hope to take that spot in the team for himself for the full season.