‘Very much look up to Martin Odegaard’: 17-year-old Jack Grealish 2.0 hails Arsenal star
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'Very much look up to Martin Odegaard': 17-year-old Jack Grealish 2.0 hails Arsenal star

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard has been praised by Andreas Schjelderup, the latest Norwegian prodigy to burst onto the football scene.

Norway is in the midst of a golden generation, the Gunners playmaker just one of numerous world-class talents the country has produced.

Odegaard is one of Mikel Arteta’s main players at Arsenal and already has 40 appearances under his belt for the Gunners.

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Alongside Odegaard, the likes of Erling Braut Haaland, Alexander Sorloth and Kristoffer Ajer are also shining for the Nordic nation.

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Meanwhile, Schjelderup has already become one of FC Nordsjaelland’s star players, despite being just 17.

The attacking midfielder has already made 32 senior appearances for the Danish club, registering six goals and four assists.

Schjelderup had trials at the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax.

However, he opted for a team where he was likely to get first-team football soon, and he’s already reached that goal.

“He is a very special player,” Nordsjaelland manager Flemming Pedersen said during Schjelderup’s first season with the club.

“His top level can go wild. He will be a top player in one of the five big European leagues.”

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“Nightmare for defenders”

Goal.com has compared Schjelderup’s style of play to that of Jack Grealish.

“He is remarkably two-footed, making the now-17-year-old a nightmare for defenders to deal with,” they wrote.

“Particularly given his strong dribbling ability, which has been compared by some to Eden Hazard but is, in reality, arguably more similar to that of Jack Grealish.”

And the player himself spoke of how he looks up to Odegaard as well as Haaland and Andres Iniesta.

“Andres Iniesta is the player I always looked up to. His fantastic close-range technique made him a favourite,” Goal.com quotes him as saying.

“But I also very much look up to Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland, especially the latter’s insane mentality.”

While Schjelderup admits he’s a Liverpool fans, having Odegaard on board at Arsenal could prove a big selling point in future.

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