It’s been almost four years since Real Madrid signed Norwegian wonderkid Martin Ødegaard from Strømsgodset. He was 16 at the time, and throughout the past few years, despite just being a teenager, Ødegaard has suffered heavy criticism for his ‘slow progress’. Even before he was 19, media outlets called began referring to him as a ‘failed Galactico’ and a ‘disaster’.
But Ødegaard’s development since his £3.6m move has actually been steady. The Norwegian has taken a leap in each of his seasons since signing with Real Madrid Castilla, and this season at Vitesse, where he’s on loan, has been a breakout year for the attacking midfielder.