Released by Arsenal: Youngster 'better than Gnabry', among world's best

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Kyle Ebecilio was released by Arsenal last summer, now ranked among the best young footballers in the world.

Kyle Ebecilio has long been a player tipped for greatness, and he remains on track despite being released by Arsenal last summer.

A UEFA Golden Ball winner for his exploits with the Dutch under-17 side, those exploits in 2010 convince Arsenal to sign him up in the first place.

Three mixed seasons in North London followed, with Ebecilio failing to crack the first team, despite impressing for the under-21s, his last notable action a strike against their Manchester United counterparts.

His contract came to an end last summer and he did not sign a new deal, instead electing to return to Holland.

The midfielder is now 20-years-old, and signed for FC Twente - where he scored on his first start in the Eredivisie this season.

He has earned a recall into the Dutch under-21 side, and has netted four goals from midfield this season for the league's fifth placed side.

Ebecilio's efforts have not gone unnoticed either: He was named in the top 60 players in the world who are under-20 by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday.

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj was perhaps the surprise name at the top of the list, with Chelsea's Lucas Piazon at number two. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling came in at number five.

No Arsenal player made the top 30, and Ebecilio, who departed North London last summer - was voted the 32nd best.

How much of an honour is this? Well the cast of players he ranks above, makes his elevation in the list notable.

He outranked Mateo Kovacic of Inter, Carlos Mane of Sporting, Matthias Ginter of Freiburg - linked to Arsenal, Southampton's James Ward-Prowse, and notably Serge Gnabry of the Gunners, ranked at an inexplicably low 59.

He still, like Gnabry, has much to do to take his career to the next level, but the recognition shows he is back on track after three years without competitive football playing for Arsenal's under-21 side. 

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