Jay Emmanuel-Thomas does Paul Pogba penalty impression

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Jay Emmanuel-Thomas did he best Paul Pogba impression on Boxing Day after the former Arsenal forward converted a penalty for Bristol City after a preposterously slow approach to the ball.

Pogba had first demonstrated his bizarre penalty technique in France's under-20 World Cup final victory over Uruguay in the summer of last year, before once again bringing it out in a shootout loss for Juventus against Napoli this week.

But he is not the only Premier League academy graduate to take his spot-kicks in such a manner, with Emmanuel-Thomas producing something rather similar for his current employers during their defeat of Yeovil Town.

The Robins had missed a first-half penalty through Kieran Agard before his injury enabled Emmanuel-Thomas to enter proceedings, and the ex-Arsenal youngster stepped up in the second period when another spot-kick was awarded.

It was certainly a ballsy attempt from Emmanuel-Tomas: get it right, and you appear coolness personified. Get it wrong and you forever have a spot on Danny Baker's Own Goals and Gaffes.

But JET did get things right and, for that, we commend him. It actually turned out to be the decisive goal for Bristol City, with Ben Nugent's late goal for Yeovil setting up a grandstand finish, but the home side held out.

Emmanuel-Thomas, now aged 24, joined Arsenal at just eight-years-old and made four first-team appearances for Arsene Wenger before securing a permanent move to Ipswich Town in 2011.

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