By Giuseppe Muro
Dutch midfielder Kyle Ebecilio has made an encouraging start to his Arsenal career and was rewarded with his first professional contract at the Club in February.
Since joining from Dutch giants Feyenoord in the summer, the 17-year-old has made an impressive transition from the technical demands of Dutch football to the rigours of the English game.
An integral part of Steve Bould’s Academy side, Ebecilio featured in the 2010/11 FA Youth Cup campaign and has already made inroads into the Reserves, making his debut in the 3-2 defeat at West Ham on March 1.
Ebecilio admits his introduction to a new style of football was made all the easier by Arsenal’s approach to their football education.
“English football is more physical and Dutch football is more technical but Arsenal is very similar to the technical standard I was used to at Feyenoord,” he told Arsenal.com.
“At the beginning it was a bit difficult but I had Ozzy [Oguzhan Ozyakup] and he helped me with many things. I didn’t speak any English when I came over but I had English lessons.”
The Rotterdam-born central midfielder is a member of the Dutch youth set up and has been a regular for their Under-17s. It was here that Arsenal first became aware of his talent, so just what kind of player do they have on their hands?
“I like to get forward and attack like Patrick Vieira,” explains Ebecilio.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 16 Mar 2011