With the social media revolution and growing stakes in world of football, talented footballers are spotted in no time. While their videos go viral in the scouting community the young prodigies are chased vehemently by the biggest clubs in the world.
What goes inside the mind of the young boy who is suddenly being tapped by the biggest clubs in the world will be interesting fact to figure, for now let us talk about the latest sensation Martin Odegaard whose exploits have made him the hottest property to acquire in Europe.
Name: Martin Odegaard
Age: 16th Birthday on 17th December, 2014
Position: Attacking Midfielder (Thrives in the role where he plays behind the striker)
Team: Stromsgodset & Norway
Martin Odegaard favorite player is Lionel Messi and no wonder it looks like he has modeled his game similar to the Barcelona Superstar. He would have been six years old while the Argentine would have made his club debut for the Catalans giant. In his short yet exciting career for Stromsgodset in Norwegian League he has made 23 appearances and scored 5 goals in the process.
He is a master at trickery and runs past people which is quite reminiscent to Lionel Messi. The best aspect of whatever little we have seen of the prodigy is his decision making and knowledge of the game as he has made teller passes to a free striker in opposition penalty box. This signifies his attributes of him being a team player and is a tribute to his decision making at pressure moments at such a tender age.
His attributes of being a team player, with electric pace and a eye for goal and making an assist at the right moment, has made him being tapped by the best clubs in the world. As per media reports he was subject of a bid by Manchester United during the past summer transfer window and is under the watchful eyes of illustrious clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and rest.
Martin is a big Liverpool fan and the clubs has reciprocated the affection and are now front runners in signing the mercurial talent. With the recent exploits of Raheem Sterling under Brendan Rodgers tutelage, the young Norwegian can be assured of building his credentials at a club like Liverpool rather than going to a massive club like Madrid, Barca or United.
We all have to remember he is just a 15 year old boy; one who will grow physically and add new dimension to his already existing repertoire. Till then he should be spared the limelight, allowed to develop his game as we have seen few prodigies like Freddy Adu not making the cut at the biggest stage. But will the big boys wait for that to happen? Probably not, one of them will poach him and gamble while he is still available at a ridiculously cheap price.
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