Arsenal great Martin Keown: Celtic-linked Martin Odegaard’s potential debut for Real Madrid is good for him

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Former Arsenal star Martin Keown seems to rate Celtic-linked Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard highly.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has suggested in The Daily Mail that making his debut for Real Madrid this season will only help Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard is only 16 years of age and joined Spanish giants Madrid from Norwegian club Stromsgodset in the January transfer window.

The Norway international attacking midfielder is currently playing for Real Madrid Castilla, but he was included in the matchday squad for Wednesday's La Liga game against Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With Madrid struggling with injuries at the moment, there is a chance that Odegaard could make his debut for the world’s biggest club this campaign.

Former Arsenal star Keown believes that if Odegaard does make his debut for the Madrid first team, then it will be good for his development.

“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough,” the former England international wrote in The Daily Mail. “This can be a good time of the season to blood youngsters…

“Yes there is pressure if you’re playing at a club like Real, but there are plenty of young players who think they are good enough to be in the first team immediately.

“There is rarely any fear and if it goes well it just underlines the kid’s confidence and shows they could have what it takes to be the best. If he plays soon I think it will only help going forward.”

Odegaard is rated as one of the most promising young players in Europe, and at the age of 16, he certainly has time on his hands.

Scottish Premiership giants Celtic were linked with a move for the teenager in January, and, according to The Scotsman, manager Ronny Deila is interested in signing him on loan in the summer transfer window. 

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti knows how to bring through youngsters, and one suspects that he will not throw the teenager in at the deep end until and unless he is sure that he will be handle the pressure.

Los Blancos are still fighting for La Liga title and in an ideal situation Odegaard would not even on the substitutes’ bench, but as Keown says, if he is good enough, then he is old enough.

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