Martin Odegaard should leave Real Madrid on loan

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Martin Odegaard arrived at Real Madrid in a blaze of publicity that was always going to accompany the precocious 16-year-old.

Aside from a handful of appearances since then, little has been heard of the young Norwegian aside from news that his Real Madrid Castilla teammates are none too happy at his presence.

That's only to be expected given the fanfare that greeted Odegaard's arrival and the alleged salary that he can command despite his lack of match time in the senior squad.


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His advisors have evidently played a blinder in getting him to his current position, but he needs a reality check. And quickly.

There is no chance, none whatsoever, that Odegaard is going to trouble the first team anytime soon.

No chance

Rafael Benitez is many things but he is not a chancer and he won't take unnecessary risks by playing Odegaard ahead of his more established stars.

So where does that leave the youngster?

In a team where he doesn't fit in, isn't really enjoying it and, in truth, is far too good for. His father won't have been too impressed either at just what a disaster last season turned out to be for his son.

Odegaard has to consider the possibilities, the most likely being a loan move elsewhere in January.

Even if Isco were to move on at that point, the youngster still remains behind James Rodriguez and others in the pecking order.

It's almost as if Real only bought the player in the first place because they could, with no real intention of developing him into one of the world's best midfielders.

Yes, he still hasn't reached his 17th birthday and yes there is plenty of time for him to mature. But Real have shown a real lack of respect to a player who they secured ahead of a whole host of other European top clubs.


In order for Odegaard to continue on his current trajectory, a loan move in January is a must. 

Clearly the warmer climate of Spain suits the player so the potential for a move across town to Rayo Vallecano is one that may appeal.

Not quite Real, but it would mean that Odegaard can stay in Madrid and not have to concern himself with more upheaval.

In Paco Jemez he will find a manager only to willing to indulge him and his skill set, and of all of the teams that could be willing to take the player, Rayo are the most likely to give him significant time on the pitch.

Time that could be invaluable in terms of furthering his Real Madrid career.

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Real Betis, Sporting Gijon or Las Palmas, the three newcomers to La Liga could also offer the player an outlet for his talent.

Barcelona's Alen Halilovic, only 19, found himself in a similar situation to Odegaard but took the brave decision to spend 2015/16 on loan at Sporting. It's already paying dividends.

At the end of the current campaign, there is every reason to think that the Croatian will return to Catalonia and be a genuine competitor for a midfield berth rather than another also-ran.

That's exactly what Odegaard will end up if he doesn't take the bull by the horns and demand a short loan move to author the next stage of his Real career.

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