DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 4, 2016
Reports in Denmark indicate that promising American attacker Jeremy Ebobisse is now looking to the country for his first steps abroad.
The 19 year-old Duke forward has been looking at options abroad for more than a year now, reportedly triaing with European teams such as Belgian team Genk, Bundesliga club Hoffenheim and Bob Bradley's Le Havre in France.
Now, Danish Superligaen club SønderjyskE, based in the southern part of the country near the German border, has confirmed that the youngster will be spending the coming days training with the team as they ease into their 2016/17 season.
The club's sporting director Hans Jørgen Haysen confirmed the trial earlier today in regional media outlet JydskeVestkysten, stating "[Jeremy] is an offensive player who can both play in the attack and the wing. He is more of an emerging player."
While the team is already three games into their regular season, they are also navigating an attempt at qualification to the Europa League due to their second-place league finish last season, and could be in for a full schedule if successful.
After showing significant promise at in his first two seasons at Duke, Ebobisse has turned heads through a series of strong performances with the United States U20 national team in a pair of exhibition tournaments this season.
Most recently, he was the top performer for the team in their winning run at the NTC Invitational in California in late-June and early-July, netting three goals while assisting on three more.
This came only months after he was seemingly snubbed by MLS after being offered no Generation Adidas contract for the league's 2016 Superdraft, putting priority on either a return to Duke or a move overseas.
SønderjyskE, coincidentally the team where Conor O'Brien first established himself as a top-flight player in Denmark, has struggled so far this season, earning just one point from their first three games while netting an anaemic two goals in the process.
Throughout their combined six league and Europa League qualification games thus far, they have mostly relied on either the green, 21 year-old Mikael Uhre or the 34 year-old Tommy Bechmann at the top of the attack to mixed success.
With three of their top four scorers from last season all past the 30-year mark, and two of those three - Johan Absalonsen and Thomas Dalgaard - either limited on the field so far this season or seemingly on their way out of the team, they are likely thinking to the future and looking for a long-term option to eventually accompany Uhre up front.
The club did not provide any timeframe for the trial, but did confirm that Ebobisse will have the opportunity to participate in a reserve team match against Midtjylland on Monday.