Real Madrid – La Liga Former Arsenal striker isn’t sure about the Norwegian
Arsenal look set to complete the loan signing of Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard, though not everyone around the club is excited about it.
Former striker Alan Smith has his doubts over the 22-year-old as he feels he could end up being a flop like former Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez was when he was on loan at the Emirates.
“He’s had his problems developing at Real Madrid and the last thing Arsenal want is to get somebody in who can’t offer anything,” Smith told Stadium Astro.
“You think back to Denis Suarez who came to the club and physically he just wasn’t ready and then he picked up injuries.
“It was a bit of an embarrassment in the end, so hopefully they will do their homework on Odegaard.
Smith feels they need a player who is proven at the top level like former Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
“He’s a young player that went to Real Madrid, and so much is expected of him, and as so often happens it doesn’t quite materialise like that,” Smith added.
“But they’ve been looking for more creativity. [Emile] Smith Rowe has provided that. They were linked to Christian Eriksen as well the other day.
“So it’s that kind of player that can make the difference against a deep-lying defence that’s defending in numbers. I wouldn’t expect him to start many games, somebody that would just dip in and out perhaps.”
Yet Smith feels that Odegaard could be the best they could get given the current economic climate and their low league position.
“Arsenal have almost got one hand tied behind their back because financially they can’t throw money at it so they’ve got to be fairly creative in getting these loans in,” he said.
“[Dani] Ceballos has been brought in from Real Madrid and they’ve got that relationship.
“Ceballos has done well during his time at the Emirates I think so hopefully Odegaard could come and he’s got a point to prove and he could add something to what they’ve got.”