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Arsenal’s Dutch Import Is A ‘Complete Midfielder’

Kyle Ebecilio is a Dutch Under 17 international who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010 from Dutch giants Feyenoord.

He is the cousin of Chelsea youth star Jeffrey Bruma and is one of the U18 generation at Arsenal that has youth experts drooling. Along with Jack Jebb, Jon Toral, Chuks Aneke and Benik Afobe he is seen as part of the most promising generation in Arsenalhistory.

What kind of player is Ebecilio?

To describe Ebecilio’s style and how he is considered at the Emirates can be achieved in three words: a complete midfielder. Ebecilio is equally adept at aiding his team with the defensive side of the game as he is at getting forward and providing a goalscoring option. This was evident during the U17 European Cup during the summer where he chipped in with crucial goals throughout, with one in the 5-2 win in the final. Ebecilio is strong in the tackle with a wide passing range, and has compared his style to that of legendary Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.

What’s his history?

The young Dutchman graduated from the famed Feyenoord academy in Holland, and moved to Arsenal after turning 16 in the summer of 2010. Ebecilio was hot property in Europe due to his industrious nature and impressive technique and ended up signing for the Gunners after turning down the advances of Chelsea. The news of this was a severe blow to Feyenoord after viewing him as one of their best youngsters. Their technical director Leo Beenhakker bemoaned that they only received a £500,000 training allowance. He likened the situation to that of Bruma at Chelsea and was noticeably frustrated.

Ebecilio has in the last year added a great deal of maturity and power to his game. He quickly advanced past the youth teams at Arsenal and is now a regular fixture in the reserves. His impressive performances for the reserves and youth teams earned international recognition where the Dutch youngster was called up for the U17 European Cup. Ebecilio provided strength, skill and vital goals as Holland went on to win the tournament. He recently was named the U17 Euro Golden Player, with past winners including Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney.

What was his Breakout Game?

Whilst Ebecilio has had a couple of games where he has been a true force in the midfield it is hard to look past the U17 European Final. A determined and controlled performance capped off with a stunning finish to help win the cup.

What is his likely valuation?

Currently it would likely take around £6 million to prize the youngster from Arsenal. This would be due to his style fitting the Premier League and also his high rating in the game.

How much could he be worth?

The sky is the limit with Ebecilio, though due to his position you would likely have to cap his value around £25 million.

Hit or miss?

A resounding ‘hit’, he has all the tools to become the complete midfielder at Arsenal, and the early signs suggest he is well on the way to achieving that goal.

by George McNeil for ThisIsFutbol.com

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