The fuss being made over Martin Odegaard is “ridiculous” says ex-Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson after Anfield trials…
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson claims there is far too much hype surrounding Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard, and that the fuss being made over his Merseyside trial is “ridiculous”, according to the Liverpool Echo.
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Odegaard recently had a trial with Liverpool, and is reportedly set to spend time with a number of other top clubs as well before making a decision regarding his future.
Liverpool remain hopeful that they can secure his signature however, and are confident that in Odegaard they have found a player of true quality who is destined for greatness.
Lawrenson says too much pressure is being put on the 15-year-old, and that the fuss over him is ridiculous.
“The fuss over Liverpool taking Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard on trial is ridiculous,” he said.
“But that’s the era we are in.
“Odegaard may well turn out to be a brilliant player. But he’s not even 16. People are putting far too much pressure on him. In the old days, youngsters emerged through word of mouth among people in the game.
“Now every fan wants to say they spotted a young talent first.
“Listen, if you want to be a scout, join the cubs.”
The youngster made his debut for the Norwegian international team aged just 15, and became the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championship game.
Currently a first team player at Norwegian side Stromgodset, the midfielder is also the youngest player to play in the Norwegian top flight.
He may not be ready to make the step up to first team football in the Premier League just yet, but he certainly looks like a star of the future.