Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard has been praised by Gunners legend Tony Adams, who described the 22-year-old as a “super” player and “very talented”.
However, Adams admits he’s still unconvinced about whether the Real Madrid loanee is suited to the Premier League.
In January, Arsenal signed Odegaard on loan until the end of the season, Mikel Arteta eager to bring in a creative midfielder to provide competition for Emile Smith Rowe.
The Norwegian has made seven appearances for the Gunners to date, starting two of their last three games.
He replaced the injured Smith Rowe at half time against Leicester and played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s third goal, as well as helping support the Gunners counter late on in the game.
Despite having done well thus far, Adams is still unsure as to whether Odegaard is suited to the English top flight.
“The Premier League is a bit special with respect that Odegaard has come into this league,” he told Stadium Astro.
“Some people respond to it and can do it, some people can’t.
“If you get them in on loan and go ‘let’s have a look if he can do it or not, if he can play in this league’.
“I think the jury’s out. I think he’s a super player, very talented. But is the Premier League for him? Not too sure about that.”
It’s good to hear Adams praise Odegaard’s efforts, but in terms of whether he’s suited to the Premier League, surely it’s way too early to know.
Arsenal were crying out for a No. 10 earlier this season and, while Smith Rowe has done superbly, he can’t be expected to shoulder the burden of creativity all on his own.
Hopefully he won’t be out injured for too long, but in that case, Odegaard is there to fill in, and it’s not like he’s done badly so far.