Opinion: Martin Odegaard – A gamble that could be worth taking for Tottenham

Over the course of the season, Tottenham have been incredibly reliant on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. Links towards an attacking midfielder have consistently hit the media throughout the transfer window – but is a new opportunity there for the taking?

Reports came out yesterday from Spain that Martin Odegaard has requested to leave Real Madrid on loan (AS). The Norwegian is still only 22-years-old but has shown he has a lot to offer in recent years.

A successful loan-spell at Real Sociedad last season looked to have paved the way for an important role in the Spanish capital. Odegaard was influential last campaign, making 31 league appearances and being involved in ten goals (TransferMarkt).

It was also a historic season for the club as they would go onto reach the Spanish cup final. In that competition, Odegaard contributed towards six goals in five matches (TransferMarkt).

One of the most notable aspects of the Norwegian’s game is his ability to adapt. Odegaard has mainly been utilised as an attacking midfielder but can also play as a right-winger (TransferMarkt). Such versatility should tempt the club into making a move.

The Lilywhites’ are likely to embark on an incredibly packed fixture list in the coming months, with Spurs continuing to fight in the league, FA Cup, and Europa League campaigns. Furthermore, the club will also look forward to a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.

Bringing in such an exciting youngster on loan would be a fantastic option to a squad that looks likely to be stretched.

As things stand, Dele Alli is looking for a move to PSG (Fabrizio Romano), whilst the form of Giovani Lo Celso has been plagued by injuries this season. It has to be said that Tanguy Ndombele has been mesmerising, but can you rely on the Frenchman to stay fit all year?

The club has been linked to a few names already in the window. A return to North London for Christian Eriksen has been earmarked in the media (Fabrizio Romano). Whilst interest in RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer has been reported for some time (Fabrizio Romano), although a move for the Austrian would most likely have to wait until the Summer.

Despite Eriksen being a fantastic servant to the club, a move for the Norwegian could entice the fanbase more. Odegaard has been far more consistent over the past twelve months, and you could argue that he would be hungry to prove his parent club wrong.

Overall, a loan-move for Odegaard seems like a piece of business that could make sense for all parties. It is a move that seems to be risk-free for Tottenham, as the club would be adding a player with huge potential into the ranks.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next few weeks.

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