The Norwegian attacking midfielder, who made headlines in 2015 after signing for Real Madrid at the age of 16, will make his return to the Estadio Santaigo Bernabeu tomorrow and all eyes will be on him.
Martin Odegaard, now 20-years old, has notably developed his abilities within the last two years after a series of loan spells.
Most of his time was spent in the Dutch Eredivisie with SC Heerenveen from 2016-2018 and with Vitesse Arnhem for one seasons after that. In particular, his performances in the yellow and black helped lead the team to a fifth place finish and the Europa League playoffs.
Throughout the season he recorded nine goals, 14 assists across all competitions for the - club.
According to MARCA, Odegaard says the loan deal in the Netherlands was a beneficial one for his career that allowed him to get minutes on the pitch and develop more responsibility as a player.
Now back in Spain, he has shown just how good he can be and how quickly he has developed as a player often accepting 1 v. 1’s, dribbling around opponents and taking corners and free kicks.
After only 11 games in the season, Odegaard has two goals and three assists. Scoring against Madrid’s rivals Atletico Madrid in a 2-0 victory and setting up teammate with a stellar assist against Alaves as just some highlights.
Everyone in the stadium, including the coaching staff, will have a watchful eye on the youngster as soon as he steps on the pitch. The possibility of seeing him play alongside some of Real’s midfield magicians such as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will also be good for comparison purposes.
With all that being said, the player will most likely be looking to have one of his better performances with his new club and gain more attention Real. If plays just right, he could help his team win a big three points in Madrid and could go second in the table with 26 points (one above the hosts).
However, regardless of the scoreline, the important thing is that the youngster takes the time to use this match as an opportunity for the the rest of his career.
Brahim Diaz, Isco and James Rodriguez are Madrid’s current attacking midfielders but they haven’t sat well with Zidane this season and realistically, a spot could open up for the Norwegian.
Tomorrow, he has 90 minutes to make or break his possible future with Los Blancos.