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Martin Odegaard's latest performance for Vitesse will have caught Real Madrid's eye

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The pressure on Martin Odegaard has been immense in his short career so far. 

The young Norwegian first caught the eye as a 15-year-old playing for Stromsgodset. 

A host of top European clubs were already monitoring him when it was announced that he would be signing for Real Madrid. 

That was in 2015, but Los Blancos' punt wasn't welcomed by everyone at the club. 

Carlo Ancelotti suggested it was nothing more than a publicity stunt and that there was no way he would be ready for the first team at such a tender age. 

When Zinedine Zidane took the reins, he echoed those concerns and suggested the attacking midfielder would be better off going out on loan so that he could earn regular minutes on the pitch. 

A spell at Dutch side Heerenveen followed, with Odegaard scoring three goals in his 38 games. He didn't set the league alight, but it was thought Real had seen enough to decide he was worth persevering with.

In 2018, he headed to the Eredivisie once again, this time to play for SBV Vitesse. 

Odegaard is now 20, the sort of age where he needs to start making a much bigger impact if he's going to live up to his potential.  

Odegaard shone vs Excelsior

It was disappointing then, to see him suffer such a slow start to the season. However, there are now signs that he's starting to turn things around. 

Cue his latest performance against Excelsior, who incidentally had their own high-profile teenager on the scoresheet in Tottenham loanee Marcus Edwards. 

As for Odegaard, he put in arguably his best display yet, providing two assists. Check out his highlights below: 

Yes, the Eredivisie isn't anywhere near as challenging as La Liga, but this is the sort of promise we've been hoping to see from him. 

Speaking earlier this season amidst his struggles, he asked for more time. 

The then 19-year-old told De Gelderlander:

Norway Training Session and Press Conference

“I only joined the club late at the end of August, I stepped in without a rhythm, and in Real Madrid's preseason I hardly had any playing time, but Real's stamp is always there.

"If you are from Real, the expectation is enormous. Then goals are expected everywhere.

"I'm still a teenager, had I made my debut in the Norwegian competition, I would still have been a young talent, I've been known for a long time.

"I was sixteen years old when I went to Real. I have been labelled with this label.

“But I do not walk through everything. I still have to reach my best years. I need time."

It seems he's finally making the impression he would have hoped. 

Will Odegaard ever make it at Real? Have your say in the comments. 

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