Just a few weeks ago we brought you news that Arsenal FC’s Dutch youth international Kyle Ebecilio was attracting interest from Europe. The likes of Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven were both mentioned as potential suitors but it has now been confirmed that the 19-year-old has agreed to join FC Twente when his contract expires in the summer.
The ‘industrious midfielder’ has been at the club since signing from his home-town team Feyenoord in 2010 aged just 16.
Cousin to Chelsea defender and Netherlands international Jeffrey Bruma he first truly caught the eye at the 2011 under-17 European Championship’s in Serbia. The Netherlands won the competition with Ebecilio leading the scoring charts with three goals alongside Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil and Everton starlet Hallam Hope. His performances saw him earn the ‘Golden Ball’ as the best player of the tournament but such promise has not been enough to see him force his way into the first team.
‘’Last week I took the plunge. I felt very good at FC Twente and immediately I felt at ease. Personally I had the goal of playing in the first team next season, which Arsenal could not offer. I want to play as much as possible, gain experience and get better.’’
On the subject of his time at Arsenal he stated:
‘’I learned a lot in the three years I’ve been playing at Arsenal. I have become more professional and more mature.’’
It is obviously a move that excites the young lad; in fact he has already changed his profile picture on Twitter to him posing in a Twente shirt.
After losing one youngster in Martin Angha last month this latest loss of talent is not ideal for Arsenal; but with plenty of exciting young talent coming through below him Ebecilio’s absence may not reverberate as much as some might fear.
Nonetheless everyone should wish this young talent all the best in the latest chapter of his career.
Do you think Ebecilio could have made it at Arsenal? Or is this the right move for all parties?
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