That’s what Marko Aleksic will have to embrace as he moves from the ranks of FC Edmonton’s academy to the first team.
The 17-year-old six-foot-four centre back was announced as the Eddies’ newest player Wednesday at St. Joseph’s High School, the team’s base of operations for its academy program. He’ll join a backline anchored by Mallan Roberts, the physical defender who is still waiting on his Canadian citizenship, the experienced Albert Watson and Kareem Moses, the Trinidad and Tobago international signed by the club earlier this season.
“He’s very aggressive,” said coach Colin Miller of Aleksic. “One thing we’ll work on is how to curb his enthusiasm, less of the jiu-jitsu type tackles.”
As a raw product, Aleksic’s bio doesn’t read too much differently than Roberts would have when he was promoted from the academy to the first team. Raw. Unafraid. Aggressive. Ability to win ball in the box. Sometimes doesn’t know when he needs to rein it in.
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