Martin Ødegaard (8)

This is why I am apprehensive about Odegaard being the captain.
This match is exactly the type of match where a captain can influence his team and this match is also exactly the type where Odegaard will have a shit game.

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Good thing is we have some serious competition in his position by both Vieira and Rowe, who will give their right arm to play.

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Lets be honest he was dreadful tonight

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That fucking chance to make it 2-0, when he tried to pass it back to Martinelli had me raging

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if Ode was not our player, we would call this a pussy play.

it was just unbelievable of not taking the shot.

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Didn’t have a great game tonight, should have tried to hit a shot with conviction when released by Jesus also.

Maybe its not a pussy play and he is not capable of hitting them shots at all. He is so far from a goalscoring player you really need goal scorer galore all around him.

Not his best performance but I do feel like Palace closed the gap on him a lot when he was in positions to receive the ball. Replacing Xhaka helps because it gives us a chance to mitigate an ineffective Odegaard performance

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it was that close…in striking distance, wide open, even a defender would just shoot the ball and roll the dice.
100% believe that, Jesus never expected that pass back.

I’m still happy to call it a pussy play :+1:

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aren’t we talking about that “play” but not the whole game?
Anyway…

Yeah, I was talking about the particular instance when he tried to pass to Martinelli instead of shooting. I’m not saying he was a pussy all game.

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Was a quiet game from him but same can be said of Saka until the OG

He’ll bounce back against Leicester

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He’s still great but he really really should have shot that

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:ozil:

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I thought he struggled to influence the match in possession but he really doesn’t get enough credit for his work rate.

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He’s truly becoming the new Ozil. He also used to top those distance covered stats, he also went missing in certain away games, he also was guilty of being a bit too pass happy when the shot was on.
We finally replaced him. :rofl:

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I agree.

Think I will give 23 year old Martin more than one game this season before making declarations like this.

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Nah, this is an observation over the past year.

Ironically, I wad one that got pissed at people when they made those comparisons when he was here on loan. I do think his game changed since then though.
Moreso for the better. Just needs to shoot more.