Jens Odgaard almost single-handedly shot RKC Waalwijk to the quarterfinals of the KNVB Beker last Tuesday, with his hattrick against ADO Den Haag. The tall striker has shown he has a great left foot with already ten goals this season, but his career did not always go so smoothly. We take a closer look into his career path and his overall development in his young career.
His career started at Lyngby BK in Denmark, where he made his professional debut and was scouted by the Italian side Internazionale. After playing in the academy of Inter, Odgaard made a move to Sassuolo. According to our data, as is shown in the overview that is added to this article, the level of Sassuolo was a bit too high for Odgaard at that time. This resulted in very little playing time, playing only one official game for the Italian team. A transfer to SC Heerenveen in the Dutch first league was a boost for Odgaard’s career. He played 27 games and scored seven goals in total. In the Netherlands, Odgaard was able to play games, which was extremely important for his development.
After his successful period at SC Heerenveen, Odgaard was loaned out to the Swiss team FC Lugano and Serie B side Pescara. At these loan periods, his development stalled a bit. The difference now, compared to those loan spells, is huge. Odgaard did a step back to RKC Waalwijk, to the competition he already knew from his SC Heerenveen time. Odgaard showed great development this season, which shows that the Eredivisie is a great fit for his playing style. According to our data, his Player Level is the second-highest of the team, behind captain Melle Meulensteen. As his Player Level is now above the level of his team RKC Waalwijk, we are very curious about his next move.