• Martin Odegaard was called back to return to Real Madrid after a stint with Real Sociedad
  • Zinedine Zidane can take advantage of Odegaard as an attacking playmaker
  • The 21-year-old can complement offensive stars such as Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema

The talented Martin Odegaard was regarded as one of the high-potential players of Real Madrid. The Norwegian footballer was loaned to Real Sociedad and has been called back to Real Madrid to play a crucial role for Zinedine Zidane.

The 21-year-old spent the past season on loan to Real Sociedad where he was able to garner more experience on the field. With the additional playing time received, he suited up for 36 appearances and notched seven goals and nine assists. In the most recent La Liga season, Odegaard played in 34 games and was in the starting eleven on 29 separate occasions.

Among the strengths of Odegaard includes how agile he moves when he’s on the field. There’s no question that he’s filled with potential given how he’s scouted as an excellent passer with the way he sets up multiple opportunities for his teammates to score. With a variety of elite dribbling, precise long shots and an overall feel of the game, Odegaard has proven to be efficient with a pass success rate of 84.7% throughout his career. While his tackling skills need to improve, clubs would still benefit from him an asset on the offense.

The growth Odegaard has gone through will now serve as a pivotal piece for Los Blancos’ rotation moving forward, per Fansided’s The Real Champs. While there are stars such as Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard facilitating the offense, Odegaard can complement as an offensive option in a 4-3-3 formation. To add to the versatility of Odegaard, Zidane may also benefit from the former UEFA Supercup winner as an attacking playmaker.

The consistent performance of Zidane’s players helped the football icon notch his 11th trophy for the club. The tactical approach of Zidane ensures that the talent he sees with potential is given an opportunity to grow.

After Odegaard's stellar season with Real Sociedad, it will be his time to prove to everyone what he's capable of with his original team. Given that Odegaard was recalled immediately from his loan, it will be interesting to see how the young player will mature in the years to come.

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Martin Odegaard is being chased by the top clubs across Europe, including Arsenal. Reuters