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The 16-year-old had dazzled Australian fans upon his rise to Melbourne Victory’s senior side, but he is now on his way to the Eredivisie, writes Thomas Odell.
By
Thomas Odell

1 Nov 2016 - 7:37 AM  UPDATED 1 Nov 2016 - 7:37 AM

Australian young gun Sebastian Pasquali has signed for Dutch club AFC Ajax after an impressive period with Melbourne Victory.

The teenager came from nowhere to steal the show in a pre-season friendly with Juventus at the MCG in July, and has since made a series of eye-catching appearances off the bench in the A-League and the FFA Cup.
 
On top of that, the boy from Victoria’s northeast was named in The Guardian’s culmination of 60 of the best young talents in world football as the only Australian on the list.
 
He started his junior career at Wangaratta City FC, before being scouted to Melbourne’s National Training Centre (NTC) talented player program.
 
He was picked up by Melbourne Victory in 2015 and played in their NPL Under 20s side until this year.
 
An outstanding performance in the International Champions Cup in July, an A-League debut in the Melbourne derby and a match winning assist for Marco Rojas against Adelaide in round 3, and he’s only 16.
 
On the park his mantra is composure, and he is already capable of controlling the pace of football matches in the heart of midfield.

Off it, he seems just as level headed, and his attitude could be the difference between succeeding at elite level and peaking too early.

Like many young Australian talents, Pasquali is trying his luck in Europe to boost his chances of reaching what looks to be limitless potential. 

He is following in the footsteps of Australian greats, and most recently, former teammate Thomas Deng, currently playing at PSV Eindhoven.

Pasquali stands as one of Australia’s brightest footballing prospects, and a move to the Eredivisie might just propel his already promising career.