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VIDEO: Martin Ødegaard registers first Eredivisie assist


Remember Martin Ødegaard? The Real Madrid loanee has his first assist for Heerenveen

By Lewis Ambrose

Remember Martin Ødegaard?

The Norwegian wonderkid has forced his way into the Heerenveen side during his loan spell and managed his first Eredivisie assist on Saturday.

A beautiful free-kick was headed home by Doke Schmidt after an hour, opening the scoring in a 3-0 win.

It was a fifth start in six games for the 18-year-old, who is fitting in well in the Dutch league and finally showing a wider audience what he is capable of.

There has been huge pressure on the midfielder since his very public move to Real Madrid just over two years ago. That transfer elevated expectations enormously and people seem to have forgotten just how young the Norway international is.

He had to wait 679 days for his first Real Madrid start, which came back in November, before joining Heerenveen on an 18-month loan in January.

Now establishing himself there, we can still expect big things but will have to be patient. Unfortunately for the teenager, that is not a particularly common trait among football fans.

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