KYLE EBECILIO: EX-ARSENAL YOUTH THRIVING IN THE EREDIVISIE

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In the first Eredivisie match of the New Year, FC Twente took on lowly Heracles, who managed to pull off a couple of wins before the winter break, but got off to a poor start to the second half of the season. FC Twente took the lead early on in the first half and controlled the match throughout the rest of the 90 minutes as they won easily by a score of 3-1. The home side netted a penalty late on in the second half to seal the deal, which has also moved them to the top of the table, at least for the night. However, both Ajax and Vitesse should both be looking to win their matches fairly easily this weekend, so Twente will most likely fall back down into third place.

The Dutch giants came out attacking in a 4-3-3 formation with the sensational Luc Castaignos scoring the second goal of the match. The Twente footballers were allowed to roam from their positions moving forward in order to find space in between the opposition’s defense as they were always moving around. The young striker has scored in 6 of his last 7 Eredivisie matches. When Twente were in defense, they switched to a 4-4-2 formation to overload the midfield area and snuff out any space that might have been left from the other formation. In defense, there were usually 10 players behind the ball with two strikers playing off the shoulders looking to spring into a counter attacking movement looking to cut the opposition’s back four apart.

Kyle Ebecilio was a member of the Feyenoord youth academy until 2010 when European giants Arsenal snatched away this budding Dutch star. Ebecilio thrived in their youth system and broke onto the scene with the Dutch U17 squad where he won the Golden Player award at the under-17 European Championships back in 2011. However, Ebecilio wanted some first team action and he was not going to get it at Arsenal, so in May of 2013, the young Dutchman moved back home and signed a five year contract with FC Twente. Ebecilio stands at 1.82 meters tall and is a big presence in Michel Jensen’s midfield. At still just 18 years of age, Ebecilio wanted first team action and has certainly gotten some this season. In 19 league matches, he has made a total of 18 starts, while being an unused sub just one time.

Ebecilio has a very good work rate in him. He is always working hard, whether the club is moving forward in attack or going back and defending. The Dutchman is always looking for space to move into along the right side of the pitch to deliver crosses into the box so his teammates to get onto the end of them and slide them into the back of the net. Kyle will not blow by any defender but he will stretch the opposition’s defense apart with his triangle passing with his teammates along that flank. In the match against Heracles last night, he did just this.

Ebecilio has a very good work rate in him. He is always working hard, whether the club is moving forward in attack or going back and defending. The Dutchman is always looking for space to move into along the right side of the pitch to deliver crosses into the box so his teammates to get onto the end of them and slide them into the back of the net. Kyle will not blow by any defender but he will stretch the opposition’s defense apart with his triangle passing with his teammates along that flank. In the match against Heracles last night, he did just this.

Although he was fairly anonymous in the first half, Ebecilio stepped up his game in the second half. The young Dutchman got more involved in the attack as he managed to get a shot off, but it was not a good attempt at all. If there is one thing, his goal count will definitely not blow you away, but that is partially due to where he is being played at Twente. This was not the best match he has played this season, but Ebecilio is capable of much better and expect him to do so in the near future. By the time his contract runs out at Twente, he will still be just 23 years of age and look for the bigger clubs around Europe to be scouting him well before then. Despite last night’s match against Heracles, Ebecilio is an excellent player and will continue to develop into a phenomenal player and will feature with the Dutch National squad regularly.

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