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Odegaard under the spotlight in Holland

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Odegaard under the spotlight in Holland

The Dutch press is questioning Odegaard's role at Heerenveen, with the side having failed to win with the Norwegian, on loan from Real Madrid, in the starting side.
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The doubts are beginning to form in the Netherlands about Martin Odegaard, the young Real Madrid player on loan at Herenveen until June 2018.

Odegaard unbalances Herenveen

"Of course he's a good player, but he unbalances the Herenveen side" argues Leo Driessen in his opinion column for RTL News.

"Herenveen still haven't won with Odegaard in the starting line up, and they've been knocked out of the Cup", Driessen continues, in his analysis of the Norwegian's first few games for his new club. 

So far Odegaard has played the final minutes against ADO Den Haag, half an hour against PSV, and has been in the starting line-up since. 

Odegaard's five games at Herenveen

Date Competition Match Res. Min. Odegaard
14/01/2017 Eredivisie Heerenveen-ADO Den Haag 2-0 1'
22/01/2017 Eredivisie PSV-Heerenveen 4-3 32'
25/01/2017 Copa holandesa AZ Alkmaar-Heerenveen 1-0 90'
29/01/2017 Eredivisie Heerenveen-Groningen 0-0 70'
05/02/2017 Eredivisie Utrecht-Heerenveen 1-0 89'

Sacrificing tactical discipline

Driessen accuses coach Jurgen Streppel of sacrificing the tactical discipline of the side to include Odegaard. 

"With Odegaard teh team has a player who, like Larsson and Zeneli, wants the ball, and to do something with it. Streppen has a problem. He wants to attack, but he also needs to look after the team's balance", says the journalist. 

Solution to Herenveen's problem

This Sunday, against AZ Alkmaar could see Herenveen and Odegaard discover a solution. "Larsson is suspended [having been sent off] and Odegaard [on his own] could take a big step forward", concludes Driessen.

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