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Rio Ferdinand names Arsenal star as Player of the Season so far

Rio Ferdinand has been full of praise for one Arsenal star.

The player in question is Martin Odegaard, who has helped spearhead Arsenal’s title charge this season.

The Gunners are sitting eight points clear atop of the Premier League and Odegaard has played a key role.

The Norwegian has netted eight and assisted five in 17 Premier League games so far this season, making him the highest-scoring midfielder in the division.

And now, Rio Ferdinand has named the former Real Madrid starlet as his Player of the Season so far:

“Odegaard is nuts,” Ferdinand told his YouTube channel. “What I like about Odegaard is his journey. He was a child superstar at 16, bought by Real Madrid, everyone was saying this kid’s the next this and that.

“He might not be the guy he is now without that part of his history. I like his journey.

“For a player to go on loan at a much [smaller] quality and stature of club with pride and ego, you have to take a battering and humble yourself, come back, build yourself up then go to Arsenal, take the captaincy and run with it.”

He added: “I’d go as far as to say right now, he’s probably my player of the year. Haaland’s has done what he’s done, he has been great, don’t get me wrong. If Haaland eases up with the goals and Arsenal win the league and Odegaard continues, he’s my player of the year.”

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