It is also telling now that that Zidane is using a squad of 14 and rotating less. Ødegaard is a natural substitute for Modric but isn't being played - nor is he getting a chance during moments when the team could use his creativity. Madrid brought Ødegaard back early ahead of a second year on loan at Real Sociedad so that he could fulfill a role in a side which would be without James and Gareth Bale while the club opted against making any new signings to cut costs during the pandemic. Up until now, he hasn't even reached 400 minutes of playing time (he is on 387) and that is not enough time to evaluate his ability as a first team player. It has put the brakes on the startling evolution he enjoyed last season on loan at Real Sociedad, where he was voted the best player in the first half of the campaign.