Mikel Arteta sees a bright future for Tyreece John-Jules at Arsenal despite the youngster’s injury setback bringing an abrupt end to his loan spell at Lincoln City.
The 19-year-old fractured his tarsal bone and hasn’t featured for The Imps since February 11. In his seven games he would have had valuable experience, however, starting out in a two-man strike partnership with Tyler Walker before leading the line himself when Walker was recalled by Nottingham Forest.
Having exposed himself to new systems, Arteta believes that will only help John-Jules going forward.
“I think he can do both. When he was with us I was impressed with him, his understanding of the game, how he links with the people around him, how powerful he is. He has got a goal in him.” the Arsenal head coach said.
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football.london also understands that the striker will return to Arsenal for rehab on his foot. The injury is believed to be relatively minor but with John-Jules only on loan at Lincoln, risking playing through it wasn’t considered.
The full extent of the 19-year-old’s injury should be known tomorrow (March 6). Although it is unlikely that he would play before the end of this season, there is an outside chance he could make Lincoln’s final few outings.
The chances of this do look increasingly slim, however, as John-Jules himself took to social media stating that he was looking to get stronger for next season.
“Firstly I want to thank everyone at Lincoln from staff, players and the fans for the amazing support throughout my time in Lincoln, unfortunate my season had to end through an injury. But now it’s time to recover and get stronger for the next season. Thank you!” he tweeted.
Despite his short spell with The Imps, John-Jules made a great impression in his weeks at the club which was echoed by Appleton in his pre-match press conference for their clash with Burton Albion this weekend.
“It’s a massive blow. It’s a big blow for us, for the player, for the squad, for everybody but I think first and foremost I hope he gets himself sorted as quick as he possibly can,” the Lincoln boss said .
“I think he’s got a big future. A lot of people will look it and see him getting into positions where he’s had opportunities and he’s not taken them, but the biggest thing which has impressed me is his work rate, his quality of runs and how much he’s prepared to mix it up.
“There’s been occasions over the last six weeks where he’s come up against centre halves that have wanted to give him a bit of a hard time and he’s stood up to it and given as good as he’s got.”