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Martin Ødegaard Summary 

 

 If you don’t know who Martin Ødegaard, then you must have been living under a rock for the last few years.

The term “wonderkid” gets thrown around all the time, mostly to sell newspapers, but there was a point in 2015 where every major club in Europe wanted the 15-year old Norwegian and he made a massive move to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

If that doesn’t make you a true wonderkid, I don’t know what does.

But that was back in 2015, what about Ødegaard now? What’s he been up to and more importantly, what are the opportunities to make money from him on the FI?

We’ve done the hard work for you and put together a player profile containing everything from his background, player stats and competitors at his current club. We stop short at offering investment advice, but you have everything you need to make an informed decision. Enjoy!

 

Club Career

 

You could easily be forgiven for thinking that the so-called Norweigan Wonkderkid Martin Ødegaard (who was snapped up by Real Madrid in January of 2015) turned out to be a flop.

The media hype around this move all those years ago was covered worldwide, with the player training with the first teams of Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal before deciding to join the Galacticos.

It is only when you take a step back and realise that Ødegaard is still only 20 years old that you realise his prime years are very much ahead of him.

The story of Ødegaard is really crazy when you look back to his youth days. His football career properly started when he began training with the Norwegian Eliteserien outfit Strømsgodset in 2012 when he was only 13. The same year he made his debut for the first team in a mid-season friendly.

Over the next year, he played for Strømsgodset’s third team in the 5th tier of Norweigan football, before getting called up to the first team for his first competitive game aged 15 years and 118 days.

Due to Norwegian FA regulations, all first team players had to be signed to professional contracts to play more than 3 games a season his signature was secured a month later. From there he fought for a regular starting place scoring his first goal 11 days later.

After a string of consistent performances (even a Champions League qualifying round cameo), there was a serious discussion in the Norwegian media about an international call up. He became hot property and, as we’ve already mentioned, trained with several high profile clubs before committing to Real Madrid for an estimated  €3-4 million.

It’s very easy to say one competitive first-team appearance represents a failure but what were you really expecting from a 15-year-old moving to one of the biggest clubs in the world?

Also to provide context, at the time the front three included Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Kareem Benzema backed up by a midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco. The bench was also competitive with players like Jese and Lucas Vasquez who had a large amount of experience for their age at the time alongside James Rodriguez.

It was decided that a loan would be the best option for Martin Ødegaard and he joined Heerenveen in the Dutch Erevidese for 18 months. Whilst at the club he made 43 appearances, scoring 3 and assisting 5. When the loan finished he returned to Real Madrid where he played in all of their 3 games at the International Champions Cup, sparking rumours of a breakthrough season.

Instead, Ødegaard ended up on loan at Vitesse another Dutch Erevidese club. His performances improved and so did his returns with 11 goals and 12 assists in 39 games.

The style of his play was attractive to teams that like to play football and Champions League semi-finalists Ajax were rumoured to be keen. The reluctance of Real Madrid to sell and Ajax’s insistence on the deal being a permanent transfer ended these talks.

Instead, Ødegaard will be given a chance to show what he can do in La Liga, but for Real Sociedad, not Real Madrid, joining them on loan for this coming season. 

(Martin Ødegaard’s Statistics for Vitesse in the 2018/19 season.)

(Martin Ødegaard’s Statistics for Vitesse in the 2018/19 season.)

International Career

 

Martin Ødegaard was given his international debut for Norway at the age of 15 years and 253 days (a record for the national side) playing the full game in a goalless draw with the United Arab Emirates.

He continued to have a run in the national side before joining up with the Under 21’s to develop. He was kept with the U21’s for the next couple of years only recently returning to the full Norway side in November 2018.

His recent performances have now earnt him a starting place, playing the full 90 minutes in the last three competitive fixtures.

From a Football Index perspective, it’s important to note that Norway hasn’t had the best start to their latest Euro qualifying campaign playing 4, recording just one win, two draws and one loss.

They will need to push on if they hope to qualify with two key fixtures at home to Malta and away to Sweden coming up. Two wins from these games will put their qualification hopes back on track and a chance for Ødegaard to impress at next years Euro’s.

 

Performance Buzz Scores

 

In this section, we normally like to analyse the player’s previous performance buzz scores and assess their likelihood of earning performance buzz dividends over the next season.

That’s not possible with Martin as he played in the Erevidese last year which is not an eligible performance buzz dividends league.

So we’ve approached it differently. As a young player going to a La Liga club, we’ve analysed Ødegaard’s new teammates, who he will be competing with for a starting place, because now he is available for buzz dividends. 

Note:  The move of Ødegaard from a non-PB league to a PB league has obviously been reflected in his price with a spike of 20p a share when the loan was announced. Learn more about how dividends work in our Football Index Guide!

 

The Team: Real Sociedad

 

Real Sociedad have re-established themselves as a mid-table team in La Liga since their return to the Spanish top-flight 9 seasons ago.

The last two seasons have seen consistent finishes of 11th and 9th under the new manager Imanol Alguacil who looks to be building a team with the capability to break into the European places.

They have done their transfer business early signing the attacking midfielder Portu for €10 million from Girona, Ødegaard on loan and the promotion of new exciting talents such as Ander Barrenetxea from Real Sociedad B.

Ødegaard has already shown his ability in the first session with his new side as you can see in the video below:

 

The Other Players

Portu

 

Age: 27
Position: Attacking Midfield
Nationality: Spain
Average PB Score: 43.87
Share Price: £0.45

Portu has made the move to Real Sociedad from Girona who were relegated from La Liga in the 2018/19 season after finishing 19th. He was largely the first name on the team sheet at Girona making 37 appearances and contributing with 10 goals and 3 assists.

Playing in a struggling team his average PB score was a reasonable 43.87 for the season and with better players around him, there’s no reason why he can’t push on.

Mikel Oyarzabal

 

Age: 22
Position: Left Wing
Nationality: Spain
Average PB Score: 58.59
Share Price: £1.33

To Football Index traders Mikel Oyarzabal will be a familiar name as Real Sociedad’s hottest prospect. The skilful left-winger has already made 132 La Liga appearances as well as 6 Europa League games. Last season he made 37 of those La Liga appearances, contributing with 13 goals and 4 assists as well as wearing the captain’s armband for the last 10 games.

He is obviously a fan favourite coming up through the youth setup those fans are hoping that transfer rumours to Barcelona won’t turn his head.

If Mikel Oyarzabal stays the potential link-up between him and Ödegaard could push Real Sociedad towards their goal of a European space.

Adnan Januzaj

 

Age: 24
Position: Right Wing
Nationality: Belgium
Average PB Score: 69.00
Share Price: £0.40

Another familiar name to football fans around the world is Adnan Januzaj. Breaking through at Manchester United and immediately into the media spotlight at 16, the pressure was definitely on. Januzaj played 50 games for United before loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before he was signed by Real Sociedad in July 2017 for €8.5million.

His form at Sociedad has been consistent making 48 appearances in La Liga alone. Last season he averaged a very reasonable PB average of 69.00, the sixth-highest average at Sociedad.

Their is definitely potential with Januzaj and with young players such as Ander Barrenetxea pushing for a chance he needs a good season to keep his place.

Luca Sangalli

 

Age: 24
Position: Attacking Midfield
Nationality: Spain
Average PB Score: N/A
Share Price: N/A

Not yet on Football Index, Luca Sangalli made 19 competitive appearances for Real Sociedad last year picking up 1 goal and 4 assists. Unfortunately for Sangalli he suffered a mild stroke which put him on the sidelines for a little over 2 months mid-season. It seems as though he will be the main competition to Martin Ødegaard with both having similar playing styles.

Ander Barrenetxea

 

Age: 17
Position: Left Winger
Nationality: Spain
Average PB Score:
Share Price: N/A

Just as one high-quality left winger comes to fruition with Mikel Oyarzabal very much becoming Real Sociedad’s main man, another one is coming on to the season.

Promoted from Real Sociedad B mid-way through last season Barrenetxea made 9 La Liga appearances, including 87 minutes in a convincing 3-1 win over Real Madrid.

Not yet on Football Index, he may be one to look out for when he is introduced with Oyarzabal showing what is possible at a value of £1.33 a share. 

Media Buzz Dividends

 

If Martin Ødegaard story was to have started now there is no doubt his share price would have gone through the roof with the media storm about the wonder kid, earning media dividends for the traders holding shares in him.

The reality is that for Football Index his breakthrough came too early, meaning that he has not earned any media dividends on the platform.

However, being only 20 years old and a potential bright career still ahead of him the media will like referencing the ‘2015 wonderkid’ if he is to have a breakthrough season this year. To add to this, on slow media days, outlets are always recycling old articles such as ‘What happened to the Real Madrid rising star Ødegaard?’ which could help boost his score.

He has also established himself as a regular in the Top 200 players making his eligibility for these dividends secure too.