Martin Odegaard was handed his first start for Real Madrid on Wednesday night, almost two full years since he arrived at the Bernabeu.
The Norway international, who turns 18 later this month, caught the eye during Madrid’s 6-1 demolition of Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey.
Odegaard was part of a youthful Madrid XI deployed by Zinedine Zidane, with Pepe, Dani Carvajal, James Rodriguez, Casemiro and Isco the only first-team regulars to also start the match.
This was his second appearance for the club, following his debut against Getafe on the final day of the 2014-15 campaign.
Carlo Ancelotti handed Odegaard his Madrid debut but would later admit that he was forced to deploy the teenager in a move he described as a “PR exercise”.
Odegaard has knuckled down with Castilla over recent weeks and is now reaping the rewards.
Just don't pick Odegaard on FIFA 17...
But while we might be seeing more of the former Stromsgodset playmaker over the coming months, you shouldn’t think about picking him on FIFA 17.
If you do, prepare to be left disappointed.
Odegaard’s overall rating of 70 isn’t terrible while he boasts 79 for dribbling, 69 for pace and 64 for passing.
However, it’s his awful stamina rating which lets him down badly.
According to Dream Team, Odegaard has 35 for stamina on FIFA 17, meaning he tires very quickly, and players of EA Sports’ hugely popular gaming franchise aren’t best pleased.
Some have taken to Reddit to ask EA if, after his impressive display for the Madrid first team this week, Odegaard’s stamina rating will be improved.
“Having 35 stamina makes him unplayable in career mode,” one user wrote. “Only way to get his stamina up (at a speed worth doing) is trough training, but then he will have unrealisticly high other stats.”
Another complained: “Him just having 35 stamina really is ridiculous. According to several news outlets, he was only beat by Gareth Bale in a stamina test during the summer. Might not really prove much, but he certainly should be well above 60, and doubling it to 70 wouldn't exactly be controversial.
Low strength I fully understand, but stamina?”
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