Real Madrid are right to promote Martin Odegaard

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Martin Odegaard is the man, sorry boy, of the moment it would seem. 

The 16-year-old Real Madrid starlet is included in a first-team XI for the first time and eyebrows are being raised in some quarters as to whether this is the correct route for his football development.

Despite his age, the young Norwegian is full of confidence and right at home at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Those who have already seen him at Real Madrid Castilla are convinced that the player can go right to the very top and it's no real surprise that he is being groomed for superstardom so quickly.

Let's take a look at three reasons why this is the right decision...

Composure, maturity

Normally, when we think of 16 year olds playing football at any level, they are still to fully develop, and are immature in a professional sense.

Perhaps because of his background, Odegaard can be discounted from the latter issue entirely. The maturity and in-game intelligence he has already belies his tender years.

Although he will need some upper body strength, which will come as he gets older, he is already comfortably adept at holding off the opposition in even the tightest of situations.

Such a gifted skill set brings reward. Time on the ball and his composure in the pass, often under intense pressure, is quite unbelievable for a player of his age.

Well looked after

For any skilful youngster, there is always a danger of too much, too soon. Just look at as the prime example.

A player who had it all at 15/16 years of age and now plies his trade in the lower reaches of the Finnish league.

Odegaard shouldn't suffer the same fate as his contemporaries precisely because he is well looked after in a professional and personal sense.

His father Hans Erik watches over his son's every move whilst his agent Tore Pedersen is only a recent addition to his entourage.

Odegaard remains grounded and well aware of the jealousies and pitfalls that will come his way as he progresses, qualities that will stand him in good stead.

Too good

When Wayne Rooney made his debut for Everton against Arsenal as a 16-year-old, no followers of the Premier League were surprised. Why? Because enough was already known about the player to have informed opinion.

Odegaard hasn't commanded quite as many column inches but there is little doubt that the Norwegian can have much the same impact as his contemporary.

Clearly, he is too good for Real's youth side and the Segunda division, so a promotion becomes inevitable.

It certainly won't be long before just about everyone knows who Martin Odegaard is.

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