Change in Edouard's game could lead to even more success

By John Reid

May 1, 2019

Odsonne Edouard’s first full season as a Celtic player has to be considered a success. He has scored 20 goals and helped the Hoops all but clinch their eighth league title in a row.

However, there is a chance for the Hoops to improve the player’s performance. It would mean changing the way Edouard plays, but it would be of a huge benefit to both the player and the club.

The player and the club should work to tweak Edouard’s game so that he becomes more of a penalty box striker.

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Spends time drifting onto wings

At the moment, a lot of his game is spent drifting out of the penalty box and onto the wings, often to start attacks.

That can lead to a situation where the Hoops have few players in the penalty box. As a result, an attack is brought to a halt.

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That might be Edouard’s natural game. However, it lessens the chances of him scoring goals.

Change could lead to more goals

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If he works on this aspect of his game, it could lead to even more goals for Edouard. At the moment he has 20 goals. However, you would imagine that playing in the penalty box more would lead to at least another five goals a season.

Perhaps the move won’t work. Edouard might feel more comfortable as a striker that is not a penalty box attacker. However, it is a plan worth considering. If it pays off, it would be of huge benefit to both the player and the club.