Sign in to follow this Followers 2 Did Odegaard make the right choice? BatiGoal January 11, 2017 17 replies 1,352 Views Report · Posted January 11, 2017 Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard joins Heerenveen on 18-month loan Martin Odegaard has pledged to "prove what he can do" after joining Dutch side Heerenveen on loan from Real Madrid until June 2018. Odegaard, 18 was unveiled to the media on Tuesday after the Eredivisie club announced they had reached an agreement for his temporary transfer. The Norwegian attacking midfielder, who failed to break into Zinedine Zidane's senior squad, is eager to earn regular playing time and said: "I just want to say that I'm very happy and that this is an opportunity for me to show what I can do. I'm very excited." Odegaard had been strongly linked with a move to Rennes since the summer but believes he has made the right choice in moving to Netherlands. "I heard great things about this club and what they expected from me," he said. "The most important thing is my development and that is why I'm here. "Real Madrid is the best club in the world but the best play there and that is why I decided to come here." Odegaard has played just one game for Real Madrid in La Liga, a 7-3 victory over Getafe last season, since joining the Bernabeu outfit in January 2015 from Stromsgodset.... Ok Ok let's stop there. That's all I needed you to know. So Martin's going to Holland. Having lived there myself for two decades and knowing the Dutch Eredivisie quite well I'm very interested in seeing how his move is going to unfold. From Mighty Madrid to tiny Heerenveen - From La Liga to Eredivisie - From a squad with Ronaldo, Bale, Ramos... to one with..hmm..one with..that guy..what's his name again?? Ok, I should've done my homework on this one..but anyway you get my point. So what did Odegaard say exactly during his interview? ..an opportunity.. ..show what I can do.. ..I'm very excited.. ..my development.. ..that's why I'm here.. These are the bits we need. Well, primarily the 'development' bit but the rest sounds re-assuring too. So what do we do? We use FMM for a simulation in order to predict his future. It is that simple, people so let's get straight to it. M. Odegaard after 1 season at R.Madrid and Heerenveen Ok, so let's see. Far right column are his starting attributes. Left ones, well, I think that's fairly obvious. 1 season with R.Madrid Technical Attributes - Dribbling +1. That's it??? Mental Attributes - Creativity +1. Well ok, he's still young to up these that fast. Physical Attributes - Unchanged. Unchanged?? Ouch. These should've bumped! 1 season with Heerenveen Technical Attributes - Aerial +1. Oh..these attr. need their time then. Mental Attributes - Decisions +1, Leadership +2, Movement +2. Ah look good increases seen here. Physical Attributes - Stamina +2, Strength +1. Nice. Decent increase of essential attributes. Looks like Heerenveen is the clear winner here. At his still tender age those physical attr. are expected to bump the most, followed by both technical and mental ones. So why the difference? Well at R.Madrid he played 6 games only vs 22 at Heerenveen. Training with the very best in the world in Spain with the Benzemas, the Iscos, the Bales, the CR7s etc but not getting any opportunities on the pitch is clearly not as effective as training in Holland with the likes of..the likes of....here we go again...with.. the likes of lesser quality guys..but getting essential time on the pitch proved crucial for his development. I didn't say it. FMM said it. But let's give Mighty Madrid the benefit of the doubt and see how things pan out 5 seasons into this Norwegian Wonderkid's career. M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at R.Madrid - Attributes M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at R.Madrid - Stats Ok this looks pretty abysmal to me. This stings even for the most optimistic in our midst. Attributes? Hardly moved in 5 seasons. He simply stagnated. Stats? Oh dear..I don't even want to say it. This is definitely not what he signed up for when he joined this Spanish club. Simply Shocking! M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at Heerenveen - Attributes M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at Heerenveen - Stats Look! Much better. See those Attributes? Strength +5!!, Stamina +5!! Movement +4, Passing +3, Some other attr. +2 and +1's as well. Now that's some decent development. Stats? Really good too. Plenty of games, he made Sc Heerenveen champions (and that my friends hasn't happend in the most loyal Heerenveen supporters' wildest dreams, I tell ya!) which resulted in a move to Serie A. Fair amount of goals and assists for Fiorentina all due to his hard work and the opportunites he got at Heerenveen. I see nothing but positives here. Conclusion: FMM17 says: Games: Lots in Holland vs Few in Spain Attributes: Big ups in Holland vs Small/No ups in Spain Stats: Enough goals and assist in Holland/Italy vs Not enough of 'em in Spain Conclusion: A move to Heerenveen is the right choice. BatiGoal says: No-brainer. Of course he should do it. The Dutch Eredivisie isn't as strong as La Liga but no way this kid is ready for such a competitive league. One step at the time. One step and only then do you stand a chance to give your talents free play. The Eredivisie ain't so bad just look at the talent it has produced over the years, decades, generations. Some real worldclass players. So if this kid is as good as the world proclaims he is then he'll have no problem showcasing this passes, his tricks, his genius in the Dutch stadiums in front of the Dutch football fans for the coming 18 months. I've always believed that training is great. It is, but it's no match for real competitive league games, Cup games, European games. You just can't replicate what's going on in a real game. The pressure. The Intensity. That desire to beat opponents. The RIVALRY!!! That terrible feeling after a loss. The crowd cheering and demanding a better performance. That manager in front of the dugout shouting his players forward. Those things are crucial for any player's development both technical, physical or mental. No training ground can match any of that which is why I've come to my conclusion : "Yes, Odegaard, go to Holland, you'll come back a much better, mature and improved player." So for any managers out there who are reading this, please guys, don't bench your talents if you're not giving them enough gametime. Either do give them enough games or loan them out. It's clearly the better option for both player and manager. And to you Martin: "Goodluck at SC Heerenveen!". I hope you enjoyed the read and comments most welcome as usual. Thank you! 4 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this with others!