Jamie Redknapp evaluated Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe and new signing Martin Odegaard (Picture: Sky Sports)
Jamie Redknapp hailed Emile Smith Rowe and described the Arsenal star as a revelation. He warned new contractor Martin Odegaard that he will have to work hard to integrate into Mikel Arteta’s team.
Smith Rowe is enjoying an excellent season at the Emirates and made his Premier League debut with a win over Chelsea on Boxing Day.
Redknapp was impressed with Smith Rowe’s performance at the Gunners and says he hopes his role will not change despite Odegaard’s performance at Arsenal.
The main catalyst was the young players, Redknapp told Sky Sports. Emile Smith Rowe came in and was a revelation. They needed someone to light the flame, to give them that spark.
I remember the time at Liverpool when Graeme Souness let me, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler make their debuts, we weren’t afraid. The older players were more nervous, a little scared.
I felt that as I got older, but when you’re young, you don’t care, you just want to play.
For Emil Smith Rowe, this is a dream. He’s in the academy and you can tell he’s doing well, the fans love him.
Smith Rowe is making a breakthrough season at the Emirates (Photo: Getty)
I hope that if Odegaard comes to the club, it won’t stop him playing an important role in what they do.
The hardest thing for him will be – and I’m sure he knows this – to play at a position where you are always looking for the best players in the world or players at that position as a number 10 or wide. He competes with some of the best.
It will therefore always have to meet the standards it currently produces.
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But he has impressed me so much, I love his work ethic, I love the way he runs with the ball, he was a breath of fresh air for this team just when they needed him.
Real Madrid had high hopes for Odegaard when they signed him as a teenager in 2015. However, he has only played eight times for the club and is in his fourth loan spell.
Arteta praised the Norwegian international, but Redknapp issued a warning to Odegaard.
He went on to say: I’m a little embarrassed, because I remember his appearance on stage and what happened to this young man after that?
New Snipers signs Martin Odegaard (Photo: Getty)
I did it, I did it, I did it when I went to Liverpool when I was 17 and I was very lucky to make it.
He went to Real Madrid and probably felt at the time that it was too soon, that it wasn’t the right decision.
You have to start to gradually become a Real Madrid player at the age of 23, 24 and at the established age. Otherwise, get lost in the B team. Zidane is clearly not a big fan.
He’s 22 years old. I’m surprised. That’s almost six or seven years wasted. Maybe he won’t tell.
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He can say it’s a great experience for him,but to keep borrowing…. you need a home.
But it’s a chance for him to look at the Premier League and he might think it’s the best option for his style of play.
Sometimes young managers prefer to work with younger players, and it seems Arteta has a preference for that.
With the arrival of Odegaard, you’d like to think that he’s a player who can give you a pick when you need him, but Smith Rowe has that jersey now, and Odegaard will have to work hard to be part of this team.
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