Leicester City journalist Rob Tanner thinks that the club could go after Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard this summer.
The 22-year-old midfielder, valued at £36m on Transfermarkt, spent the second half of this season on loan at Arsenal, scoring two goals and chipping in with two assists for the Gunners, but was ultimately unable to help the Gunners avoid missing out on Europe next season.
Leicester City didn’t really have that creative flair in the back end of the season, with James Maddison proving ineffective following his hip injury, as he failed to provide a goal or an assist after February.
And speaking on the 5000/1 Podcast, Tanner reaffirmed a report from January that the Foxes were showing an interest in former Tottenham man Christian Eriksen as well as Odegaard, before hinting that there might be a possibility of the club signing the Norwegian on loan in the upcoming summer:
“Circumstances and the finances may dictate this, but they have in the past gone in for Christian Eriksen, Martin Odegaard, couldn’t get them. Eriksen was way too expensive – and I don’t think that’s going to change now.
“Odegaard chose to go to Arsenal, didn’t really pull up any trees there, but he’s gone back to Real Madrid, perhaps a loan is an option there.”
Would Odegaard be a good signing for Leicester?
TIF Thoughts on Rob Tanner’s comments on Martin Odegaard…
The idea itself is a good one, as they arguably need that creative spark back in the team, but the only problem would be where they would play him.
For the most part this season, Leicester played a 4-2-3-1, then switched to a 3-4-1-2 with Maddison playing as the number ten in both formations – the position that Odegaard has played for the vast majority of his career. And whilst he has played out wide, that is where Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton usually play, so someone is going to have to drop to the bench.
So the argument is there to bring him in for depth, but when it comes to picking out who is going to be first-choice, that decision is going to be an incredibly hard one for Brendan Rodgers to make.