Odegaard dazzles

The Norwegian, the great addition to the whites this season, stands out for his physique and for his quick way of integrating. Some discomfort in the knee has slowed its progression


"Good, Martin, good!" The screams followed one another throughout the training sessions in Valdebebas. The protagonist is not a new face. On the contrary: he is Martin Odegaard, the only novelty of the white team for the 2020-21 campaign. The young Norwegian receives praise from his teammates, especially in the rounds, and from his coach in the different exercises. And it is that Odegaard is dazzling in these first days of training with Real Madrid. The player, who was psyched to continue one more campaign at Real Sociedad, where he found his habitat to develop all his game and quality in the Spanish League, received Zizou's call between surprised and cautious. The French coach called him to let him know that he would require his services with a view to the 2020-21 campaign. His arrival in Madrid was anticipating a campaign.

In fact, he had earned more than enough merits to return in praise of crowds. Curiously, Madrid will visit the Real stadium on the first day of the League. Odegaard returns to the scene of the crime ... but with a week to go before the League for Whites begins, he does not appear on the provisional list of the squad ... and some discomfort in his right knee has prevented him from being one hundred percent with him rest of his companions. Those same annoyances have made him stay in Valdebebas instead of leaving with his team. The technical staff liked the detail: they linked it to their high level of commitment to the white team.

However, what has surprised his teammates the most is the physical level with which he has arrived. The Norwegian was in the CAR of Granada days before joining the Madrid discipline to stretch muscles. He didn't want to disappoint his high bidder. Zidane already knows him from his time at Castilla and knows his virtues. Not in vain has it been he who has decided to bring the Norwegian. Zizou can place him in various positions on the field, which should facilitate his entry into the core of key players in this Madrid. Modric's natural relay, he can act as an interior, attached to the band and even as a playmaker. However, where he can make the most of his qualities is escorting or helping Casemiro to get the ball from behind. Nor is his number of assists and his interventions in offensive actions negligible.When Madrid signed Martin Odegaard (21 years old) in 2015, ahead of teams like Bayern Munich and Liverpool among others, it began its policy of starting to sign promising young people with a view to further development in the Whites. Now, five years later, Odegaard is the newest addition to the Whites' first squad. But not only that, he is the new face of the Norwegian team: the brand that dresses the Nordic team has chosen him to announce the new jersey. Youth, talent, impudence and projection. Everything comes together in the figure of Martin.

Odegaard debuted in white on the last day of the 2014-15 campaign, against Getafe (7-3). Carlo Ancelotti decided to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the 57th minute for the young Nordic talent. In the long half hour that he plays, he leaves a repertoire of what he can contribute: he gives 18 passes out of 19 attempted, of which eight are in his own field, and 10 in the opposite field. He recovered the ball once, lost it three times and was fouled. Now, five years later, the boy is already a man.

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