Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard
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Martin Odegaard

Current Club: Real Sociedad (on loan from Real Madrid).

Previous Clubs: Stromsgodset.

Loan Clubs: Vitesse Arnhem, Heerenveen.

International: Norway 22 caps 1 goal.

Trophies Won: UEFA Supercup 2016/17.

At 15 he was wanted by everyone and eventually chose to join Real Madrid, though it has been anything but straightforward for him ever since. The comparisons with Lionel Messi have died away as he struggled to get anywhere near their first team and was heavily criticised for his attitude by Zinedine Zidane in his first spell in charge of Madrid.

Since then loan spells have given him a chance to get his career back on track, though he has yet to show anything like the level people were expecting of him despite being 21 now. Right now he looks like a player who is at his level playing for Real Sociedad, with little to offer a really top club, one that is intending to challenge for European trophies.

Odegaard is a clever, creative player with decent workrate, though there is nothing outstanding about any of that. He is strong and quick, usually accurate with his passing and possesses good vision, none of it is truly special though.

While he is very left-footed, the Norwegian is technically gifted and takes the set-pieces at Sociedad, though they often leave a bit to be desired. His quick feet allow him to beat a player on the dribble, he is strong enough to hold off a challenge and has the ability to spot and then play a pass.

However, his movement is a bit basic, to say the least, he never did anything particularly clever to create himself space with movement. He also tends to go down far too easily, despite being strong enough to stay on his feet.

Overall Odegaard is a good all-round attacking midfielder, with the potential to improve but lacks anything outstanding about his skillset to make the hype understandable. There is a good player there, but not a player to be compared to the greats as was being touted when he was at Stromsgodset.

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Written by Ed001 July 19 2020 11:43:42