“Weird”: Derby County’s boss Paul Warne issues a ‘vital’ admission about ‘deadly’ 22-year-old starlet ahead of O’s clash.

Derby County manager Paul Warne has made a noteworthy admission regarding the 22-year-old striker, Tyreece John-Jules, describing it as “weird.” Despite the young player’s recent impactful performances off the bench, Warne emphasizes his cautious approach due to John-Jules’ injury history, which has kept him sidelined for the majority of the season. The Arsenal loanee has only played for a total of 53 minutes since joining Derby County but has made a significant impact, scoring crucial goals in his last two appearances.

Warne acknowledges John-Jules as a vital player, describing him as “deadly in the box, strong, and offering a different dimension” to the team. Despite the temptation to include him in the starting lineup after his recent goal-scoring exploits, Warne is wary of rushing him back and potentially risking another injury setback.

The manager expresses the dilemma, stating that while he wants to integrate John-Jules into the team, doing so prematurely could result in losing him to another injury.

The manager’s cautious approach is further complicated by the impressive form of fellow striker James Collins, who has recently scored braces against Barnsley and Fleetwood. Collins’ consistent goal-scoring performance with seven goals in 21 appearances makes the decision to include John-Jules in the starting XI more challenging for Warne.

Looking ahead, Derby County faces a crucial decision regarding John-Jules’ loan beyond January. The player himself expresses a desire for regular playing time, stating, “I just want to stay fit and play as many games as possible.” With Derby navigating a congested schedule of seven games in less than a month during the festive period, the question arises of whether to extend John-Jules’ loan or send him back to Arsenal.

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John-Jules, known for his quick and powerful playing style with a clinical edge in the box, could be a valuable asset for Derby County in their pursuit of becoming more potent in the final third. His potential impact becomes even more crucial considering the team’s upcoming challenging run of fixtures.

As the decision looms, Warne faces the delicate task of balancing John-Jules’ immediate contributions with the long-term goal of keeping him fit and injury-free.

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