Odegaard's father reveals detail about son which affects Arsenal and Liverpool

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Martin Odegaard's father has suggested his son has a tendency to over train.

Stromsgodset teenager Martin Odegaard has created a mass frenzy among sides trying to sign him.

The 15-year-old is one of the youngest ever players to play international senior football and is reported to have well over 30 clubs following his progress.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be among the interested parties and his father has explained a detail about his son, which suggests why he’s made such rapid progress so far in his career.

“I have been a regional trainer for the best boys in this area, and I checked how much they trained with the team and by themselves. Martin is training more than double than these boys did, at least 20 hours a week,” said his father Hans Erik Odegaard.

It explains why he’s technically ahead of others in the same age group and why a figure of £12 million appears to have been put on his head at such an early stage of his career.

However, there are implications of over training for younger players and they affect the interest of two Premier League sides interested in him; Arsenal and Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger is very particular about the way his Arsenal players train and one of the reasons attributed to the Gunners’ long injury list is the way that they train at all levels.

Wenger likes his stars to train more with the ball than in the gym. That makes them superb in terms of touch and technique but it has been criticised due to the number of impact injuries.

Odegaard training more and more simply means he’d be well suited to the current methods at Arsenal though there would be an emphasis on him training in the gym to improve his core strength.

The reason it affects Liverpool relates to a detail about Jordan Henderson last season.

Henderson over trained and reports suggested that the Reds had to prevent him from spending longer on the training field than he wanted because of the obvious threat that he could injure himself.

Brendan Rodgers would have to deal with the natural frustration that would create in Odegaard who, according to his father, likes to train more than anyone else.

Odegaard is full of ambition and while it’s encouraging that he’s trying to do more than anyone else in his peer group, it will create knock on effects wherever he ends up.

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