Dazzling, frustrating, exhilarating, languid.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, you are all of the above.

Unfortunately for Town fans, the man known as JET showed more of his negative traits during his first 90 minutes of the Championship season.

He had gone into Saturday’s match with Crystal Palace attracting some unwanted headlines after his music mate Chipmunk blabbed to the tabloids that Town’s £1 million man harboured hopes of becoming a rapper.

Clearly disgruntled by this, Ipswich boss Paul Jewell had told the enigmatic Emmanuel-Thomas to keep his feet on the football pitch rather than have an eye and ear on breaking into the music charts.

With Michael Chopra and Jason Scotland dropped to the bench, Jewell gave the music man his big chance to shine in front of Portman Road’s biggest crowd of the season. And initially, Emmanuel-Thomas looked ready to take advantage of his big break. 

He might have tricks in his locker that most can only dream about, but JET stands 6ft tall and gives the Blues a decent muscular presence upfront. He won his fair share of aerial balls early on and impressively used his frame to hold off markers and retain possession.

And he also has the ability to light up a football match and get bums off seats. He did this as well with one decent run down the right-hand side before just running out of pitch and then a nutmeg which beat Palace left-back Jonathan Parr all ends up.

JET always goes looking for the ball in a free spirited sense which often leaves the Blues missing a striker, but on one occasion he cleverly played in Carlos Edwards who almost set up Lee Bowyer for the opener.

Then the big striker showed everyone his prowess in front of goal, latching onto to Nathan Ellington’s through ball before launching a 25-yard scorcher that Julian Speroni did well to tip over.

That came in the 44th minute and was largely JET’s last meaningful action in the game. Too often in the second half, he slowed up play with that languid style of his while, more often that not, his opponents saw the tricks coming as the game wore on.

Emmanuel-Thomas has only briefly shown his talent since his move from Arsenal, but we must remember he is only 20-years-old and he has suffered both from being on the fringes of the Gunners and going out on loan too often.

There were moments of his undoubted quality, especially in the first half, but there were too many times after the break where he remained on the periphery of the match rather than imposing himself on it. The jury remains out on our boy JET.