Martin Odegaard has alas made his long-awaited debut for the Real Madrid senior team, becoming the youngest player ever to do so at 16 years, five months and six days.
This was on the back of an incredibly impressive display for the Castilla, who competes in Spanish Football's third tier, in a 1-1 draw against Guadalajara.
It's easy to forget that Odegaard is only 16, and despite this he still seems to be held back by his Castilla team mates.
On the other hand, he is not quite at the level to be playing regularly for the first team. However, a loan could do him a world of good, allowing him to showcase his wonderful abilities.
Odegaard would not only benefit from the playing time but also the opportunity to consistently play at a high level with experienced and skilled team mates to elevate him.
It will be interesting to see where Odegaard ends up next season, whether remaining in the Castilla, playing with the first team, or being sent out on loan.
Southampton are reportedly interested in taking him on for a season and it could be a wise move for the player. The Saints are weak enough to offer him a healthy amount of game time, but also strong enough that the club will maintain strong harmony and avoid a relegation fight, something that may be too mentally tough for an inexperienced youngster.
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