Martin Odegaard is off the radar with many football fans at the moment.
The Eredivisie isn’t as popular as La Liga, where Odegaard’s parent club Real Madrid obviously compete, and doesn’t attract the huge global TV audiences that other leagues in Europe do.
Odegaard is currently plying his trade with Heerenveen, who are not competing in the Champions League or the Europa League this season, and keeps being switched between Norway’s senior side and the Under-21s.
Subsequently, it’s safe to assume that your average football fan has seen nothing of Odegaard this season, with the possible exception of a few clips here and there on social media.
The 18-year-old, who joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in January 2015, is currently on an 18-month loan at the Abe Lenstra Stadium and is in the process of getting his career back on track following a frustrating year-and-a-half at the Bernabeu.
Odegaard stars in victory over Twente
Odegaard starred for Norway’s Under-21 side against the Republic of Ireland last Tuesday and then produced another magnificent display for Heerenveen in their 4-0 win over FC Twente on Saturday afternoon.
The left-footed playmaker netted his first Eredivisie goal in the rout and generally caused havoc over the course of the 90 minutes.
As well as scoring his first league goal, Odegaard created two key passes, completed six of his nine attempted dribbles, won three tackles and was awarded an eye-catching 9.8 rating from WhoScored.
Video: Odegaard's highlights v FC Twente
You can watch his impressive individual highlights from the match here…
Odegaard named Player of the Week in the Netherlands
Moreover, Odegaard has been named as the Player of the Week in the Netherlands by Voetbal International.
Heerenveen move has been perfect for Odegaard
It’s clear that the temporary move to Heerenveen is working wonders for Odegaard’s career.
He wasn’t happy competing for Real Madrid Castilla but clearly wasn’t ready to play alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos in the first team.
Top-level football in the Eredivisie is a perfect match for his current ability; although this is a player with the potential to become one of Europe’s best attacking midfielders.
Will Zinedine Zidane use him next season?
We knew he was blessed with a terrific left foot, a low centre of gravity, great vision and excellent close, but doubts persisted over his attitude and willingness to learn.
He’s knuckled down at Heerenveen, though, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Zinedine Zidane opts to use him when he returns to the Bernabeu next summer.
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