Saint Lucians will have to wait until mid 2016 before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas decides his international future. But for the time being, the 24-year-old Saint Lucian-born centre forward can be seen plying his trade with Queens Park Rangers in in The Championship, the second tier of English football.
Over the weekend, JET took off with a brace in a seven-goal thriller against Bolton. Emmanuel-Thomas eventually smashed home an injury-time winner as QPR eased the pressure on fellow Saint Lucian, boss Chris Ramsey, beating Wanderers 4-3.
There were three goals inside the opening 13 minutes at Loftus Road, where Gary Madine and Liam Feeney scored for Bolton. Emmanuel-Thomas pulled one back, and Leroy Fer equalised just before half-time to leave the scores knotted going into the dressing rooms.
Tjaronn Chery put QPR ahead after 62 minutes, brilliantly steering a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net from near the left edge of the penalty area. Substitute Wellington Silva seemed to have rescued a point for Wanderers with five minutes remaining.
But Emmanuel-Thomas, from a similar position to Chery’s earlier goal, sent a glorious effort past goalkeeper Ben Amos in the final seconds to capture all three points for the home team, to the utter delight of his under-fire manager. It was the striker’s first start in 10 league games.
Said Ramsey: “You want him (Emmanuel-Thomas) to score and to help us create, and see if we can get an adequate replacement for someone like Charlie Austin. He’s a different type of player, but ultimately it’s about scoring goals no matter how they come.”