Martin Odegaard applied ‘loopy’ coaching strategies whereas on mortgage at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland in 2018/19
Martin Odegaard has was one of many Premier League’s greatest footballers, however there was as soon as a time when his team-mates have been usually left baffled by the unusual coaching strategies he utilized in his early profession.
Following his extremely anticipated transfer to Actual Madrid in 2015 whereas nonetheless solely 17-years-old, Odegaard had mortgage spells in Holland with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem, in addition to a season at Actual Sociedad.
Throughout one such mortgage, at Vitesse within the 2018/19 marketing campaign, Odegaard proved his credentials along with his spectacular performances – 11 targets in all competitions throughout 39 video games – although his work-rate had a few of his team-mates greater than a bit of confused.
“He at all times needed to go a bit additional than anybody else – he’d even take an train bike into the sauna,” Navarone Foor, a team-mate at Vitesse, informed FourFourTwo.
“He’d be within the gymnasium doing loopy stuff, attaching weights to his wrists when he was operating. We have been at all times laughing, asking what the hell he was doing.”
Odegaard is now captaining Arsenal of their Premier League title problem towards Manchester Metropolis, however the management he has displayed this season hasn’t shocked Foor.
The winger at the moment performs for Cambuur within the Eredivise, however he pinpoints the precise second he realised how particular Odegaard actually was.
“I keep in mind we performed Kozakken Boys within the cup simply earlier than Christmas,” Foor defined. “It isn’t at all times straightforward to play towards novice groups as they offer greater than a thousand per cent of their large second.
“Even now, an novice group, Spakenburg, is within the semi-finals of the Dutch Cup this yr [they went on to lose 2-1 to PSV]. It’s the identical right here as it’s within the FA Cup.
“We have been doing every part doable to win this recreation and wanted that high quality. Martin stepped as much as rating within the final minute. It was a tricky, robust match, however he was there. He grew to become a pacesetter along with his actions.”