Taiwan international Emilio Estevez Tsai signs for Ado Den Haag

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News broke this evening (Taiwan time) that Taiwanese international, Emilio Estevez Tsai has signed for Ado Den Haag from Canadian Premier League side York9. He will coronavirus pending then be travelling to Holland to join the first team to train for the new season (Dutch football decided to end the current season, saving Den Haag from relegation).

Emilio, the diminutive little wizard 

Emilio, known to York9 fans as the little wizard, or the Mighty Duck man, has signed for Den Haag and becomes the first player from the Canadian Premier League to sign for a top-division European side.

Standing at only 5ft 7in, he shares similar traits to other players of a comparable build. Small, fast, technical, skilful, and an ability to dribble while running at speed past players makes him exciting to watch.

He showed these skills very well when he received his first call-up to the Taiwanese national team for their World Cup Qualifier against Australia. In this game not only was he called up, but he also managed to find himself in the starting lineup. 

Normally players would show some kind of nervousness, especially in such a big game against a country with players recognised around the world. However, Estevez was one of Taiwan's players who really took the game to the Aussies, as this YouTube video shows.

He wasn't at all fazed by coming up against players with so-called 'reputations' and just played his game. Something the Aussies took a little while to get under control when he ran at them.

The little wizard, as he is affectionately known will be hoping to make an impact at Den Haag, and fight his way into the first team, where he can show the fans exactly why they took a punt on bringing him in. 

If the transfer is successful, then his need side have been very astute with this transfer, and it will show there is a talent to be found in every league around the world if a club is willing to invest time in the search. 

A year playing professionally, three international caps and a move to Europe later

Emilio is on the road to becoming one of the biggest success stories to come out of Canadian football since they started a professional football league in the country a few years back. Paying his own money to go to the open trials for teams to find players, he managed to be successful and get picked up by York9.

After this, he was noticed by Taiwan and got his call up to the national side in this he impressed and won a further two caps. It would surely have been more if not for the coronavirus as he has made an excellent impression on Taiwan's national side since making his debut.

This talent he brings to the table is shown with his raw skillset which proves he could become a very good player in Europe. He can, therefore, cement a first-team place at Den Haag. 

One thing that will help him certainly is the step up in quality, we're not trying to knock the Canadian Premier League, but he is going to be playing and training at another level and that is only going to do him the world of good.

Considering he has all the raw attributes now, all he needs is some fine-tuning on his decision making and finishing to become a success. It will no doubt be tough for him to cement his place in the starting 11, or even on the subs bench, but Emilio has already shown he has great desire to achieve what he wants to in life, by paying for his own spot at the open trials, and by grabbing his opportunity at the trials when he had the chance to.

That is the type of determination that will see him do well in Europe. Canada's loss is Taiwan's gain. Ado Den Haag have picked up a potential gem, for a snippet of a transfer fee no doubt.

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