Being a fellow Norwegian does not have anything to do with this, but as we are not just following Leicester City, Tcf has eyed these two young Norwegian prospects as ideal players for the club going forward.
One is Martin Odegaard the other one is Kristoffer Ajer. both 20 years of age and so mature in their playing with being first team players since the age of 15 and 16. They are far in front of other 20 year old players and also fully established as full internationals for Norway.
Odegaard became a sensation when he made his full debut for Norway at the age of 15, and most top clubs in Europe wanted him and as we all know his progression at Real Madrid stalled not being able to play in the first team and staggering his potential.
But you cannot blame the young Norwegian for going after a big contract and really securing his life as a footballer by signing such a great deal. But with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the chase together with the two German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund you would never know how established he would have been at this moment.
After a few years in the reserves at Real Madrid, Odegaard was loaned out to Heerenveen and this season to Vitesse Arnhem. He has done great in the Dutch league and rumours are that his next step now will be Ajax. He is scoring goals but his best asset is to make those great assists and set up other players with a fantastic passing foot.
Kristoffer Ajer has almost made the same route, and his contribution in the Norwegian national team has been phenomenal. He is a player with a great vision and turned into a great defender by Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. He has established himself in the Celtic team gradually, and also been loaned out earlier to Kilmarnock, getting experience at SPL level.
Ajer is very adaptable, he is a tall guy with great technique and previously a central midfielder when playing in Norway. He is still as we speak only 20 years of age and now looking better than ever with Celtic in Scotland.
Would be two players that easily would adapt to Brendan Rodgers style of play and Ajer, a former pupil of the new Leicester City manager, is probably one the minds of many managers in European football. But it would not surprise me if Rodgers are ready to move in for the Norwegian international. A possible move for Martin Odegaard looks a bit more far away, but both players could fill positions and the gaps that has been questionable this season.
Norway are a country that can produce good players like we have seen with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Tore-Andre Flo, Rune Bratseth, John Arne-Riise and John Carew, and Ajer and Ødegaard are seen in this category, but sensationally at a much higher level than their countrymen at the same age.
Hopefully both will be playing a part when Norway takes on Spain at the Mestalla this Saturday. Ajer is, if fit, a certainty in the Norwegian defense, while Odegaard surprisingly has yet to figure from start under new manager Lars Lagerback.