The Norwegian prodigy is still on Los Blancos, doing the rounds away from the Spanish capital to earn a permanent seat in the Bernabeu dressing room.
The Spanish capital is tough for established stars. Antonio Cassano stopped concentrating on the beautiful game in Madrid. Michael Owen was consigned to the substitutes bench. Kaka failed to make the most of his mega million Euro move from AC Milan.
A first team berth is difficult for any youngster. The task becomes more intense if you want to play for the most decorated football club in the world. Martin Oedegaard had this task when he moved from Stromsgodset as a 16 year old.
Oedegaard has his whole life ahead of him but his goal is simple. Earn a place in Real Madrid’s dressing room. But the road has been full of turbulence.
After inconsequential displays for Castilla and Heerenveen, it was at Vitesse that the Norwegian began showing his abilities. His stock in world football increased and a two year loan deal to La Liga side, Real Sociedad, was secured.
The loan deal was supposed to give Oedegaard a taste of Spanish top flight football. See if he develops further. A future sale that recoups the initial outlay for him by ten folds was forthcoming.
Barely half season in, conversations about a Real Madrid return are in the news. Life at the Bernabeu is still possible. At 21, he is just beginning and still has plenty left in the tank.
Madrid return imminent
The turnaround has been spectacular. Doubters have been proved wrong. Critics silenced. Oedegaard is relishing his new task as the Bernabeu hierarchy eagerly look on.
Making the Norwegian a part of first team is a win win situation. For sporting reasons and from the media angle. But a Real Madrid return is still a couple of seasons away.
Oedegaard is still far from the finished product but has time on his hands. Vacancies are coming up in the first team and he will be ready to fight for a starting berth.
Although against Barcelona he proved he has what it takes to start from the get go. It was always exciting when Oedegaard had the ball at his feet. He finished the match with 5 shots on target, and completed 4 dribbles in the process.
He was full of flair and deft touches. His creativity and vision was on display. But to thrive at the Bernabeu, he needs to be clinical in front of goal. And it is in this department that Oedegaard is missing from his game.
As a number 10, it is required. Martin Oedegaard needs to score more goals. Real Madrid’s midfield does not have the ever prolific Cristiano Ronaldo in its ranks any more. Everyone has to chip in.
To solidify his first team credentials, he has to add finishing that touch to his game. At La Real has the chance to slip through the unwarranted attention and fine tune his game. Tackle this last hurdle and Los Blancos will welcome him with open arms.