To illustrate the point further, take a look at where Odegaard is actually touching the ball. The starkest difference has to be in the final third, where Odegaard made 30.1 touches every 90 minutes in his first few months at Arsenal. So far this season? Just 19.8 touches per 90 minutes, more than a one-third drop. He's also making a bit more than 10 touches in the defensive third per 90, up from just over 7 last year.Now: Is that just because Arsenal haven't been on the front foot as much, having been dominated down a man against City, mostly sat back for a full half against Tottenham, etc.? That may have something to do with it. But Arsenal's touches in the final third sit at 153.3 per 90 at the moment, down just about 12% year-over-year. Odegaard has gone from getting a little over 17% of Arsenal's final-third touches to just under 13%. So it seems to be a little of both.Advert InsertedOdegaard currently ranks just outside the top 10 in the Premier League in shot-creating actions per 90, an accomplishment for any player. I wanted to explore that, so I removed dead ball SCA and plotted it against xGBuildup/90, the measure of how valuable a player is in the buildup to xG, removing their key passes or shots. The size of the dots represent how often the player loses the ball, with smaller being better.I wouldn't use this chart doesn't show that Odegaard is one of the best creators in the Premier League quite yet. But what it does show, in my estimation: of the players who are creating the most shots so far this season, Odegaard is also among the most valuable to his team in buildup, one of only five names here who is above 0.30 xgBuildup/90. And of course, Salah, Trent and Grealish have been on a god level so far this season.