BBC pundit James McFadden labels Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard "unplayable"

By David Walton

February 5, 2020

BBC pundit James McFadden has labeled Odsonne Edouard “unplayable” after his stunning performance against Motherwell tonight.

Edouard opened up the scoring at Fir Park with a fine finish early on in the first half. He then proceeded to create sitters for Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths with his footwork. However, his best moment was still to come.

The Frenchman curled home a stupendous free-kick that went in off the post to put the icing on the cake. It comes only three days after Edouard bagged a brace against Hamilton too. He’s now scored a stunning seven goals since returning from the winter break.

Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

And reacting to his display via the BBC’s live text (05/02, 21:27), former Motherwell man McFadden was full of praise for him after seeing his free-kick:

“It’s a brilliant free-kick. I’m looking at the wall thinking that’s a really big wall and it’s going to take something special.

“I thought he was going to go over to the goalkeeper’s side. What brilliant technique from Edouard to get that up and over from that, he’s been unplayable at times tonight, and even the play leading up to that free-kick.”

What does he need to improve on?

Nobody’s perfect, but you’ll struggle to think of an aspect of Edouard’s game that needs any glaring improvement.

You can go through all of his traits. Passing – check. Finishing – check. Dribbling – check. Composure – check. He’s simply unreal, and the fact he’s come back from the winter break and smashed home seven goals says a lot about his mentality.

There is perhaps an argument to say he should be better in the air at times. But how picky would that be? He’s scored headers in the past for Celtic and consistently holds the ball up superbly for the club.

Odsonne Edouard at Hampden (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

His profile is now at an all-time high. You’ll do well to find a striker in Scotland that can do half of what Edouard has been producing. Chris Sutton stated post-match that he was the best striker since Henrik Larsson. Has he now eclipsed Moussa Dembele? It certainly seems that way.

Yet it’s also the fact he’s producing it in big moments too. He isn’t a striker who’s going to only pop up when Celtic are 2-0 ahead and add to his tally. Against Ross County he came on at 1-0 and put the game beyond doubt with a brace. Vs Hamilton he slammed home a free-kick when we were struggling before adding another late on. Tonight at Fir Park he gave us the initiative early on before showcasing his class with his free-kick.

You’re running out of words for him now. He’s in absolutely ridiculous form, and it’s great to see him sizzling at such a key time of the season.