Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard is finally back fit and is clearly proving that previous criticism of him was unjust.
Edouard hasn’t played as much as he would’ve liked to this season. He started the campaign in fine form scoring eight goals in 10 games between October and November.
Yet, just as he was coming into some real form, he was struck by some nasty knocks. Abductor problems halted him in December, and he struggled with it heading into the New Year too.
He missed January matches against St Mirren and St Johnstone respectively and has only managed two starts due to that inconsistency in his fitness.
Don’t blame Edouard for fee
It’s important that we as fans don’t rinse Edouard over the cost of his transfer. Remember, it wasn’t Edouard that claimed he was worth £9million. Celtic believed he was worth the outlay, and Edouard can hardly turn around and say “no, I’m not worth that”.
At the end of the day, the Frenchman is still just a youngster. He’s only 21-years of age and has already scored massive winners against the likes of Leipzig, Rangers and Hearts. His contribution to Celtic has been substantial, with other notably big goals against Rosenborg and RB Salzburg worth mentioning.
Fans are right to have their own view on Edouard’s demeanour. For me, that’s just the nature of his game. He’s not going to be consistently closing everything down and using up a ton of energy the way Oliver Burke does.
Edouard’s game is more reserved. He’s a wizard when he gets the ball to feet, and he showed that at Tynecastle last night. Not every player’s attributes involve darting after every ball.
Over the last two matches alone, Edouard has shown what he’s all about. He won’t score in every game, but he’ll link the play and give opposition defences something to think about.
He’s clearly still not at peak fitness and is still building up his energy. Fans can now see that, and will likely give him some leeway.
But, over the last week alone, he’s proving that any criticism of his performance levels haven’t been totally fair given the circumstances.