Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli has tipped teammate Odsonne Edouard to reach the level of striker Romelu Lukaku, The Scottish Sun report.
Bolingoli’s cousin Lukaku moved to Inter Milan from Manchester United for a fee of £74m during the summer transfer window (BBC) and has netted five goals in eight Serie A appearances.
After exploits for club and country recently, there is hope that Edouard can too one day become one of the continent’s top strikers.
Asked whether the Frenchman can reach those heights, Bolingoli told The Scottish Sun: “For sure he can go to the level of Romelu — Odsonne is still young and still progressing but in time he can become a big striker in the football world.
“You see how good he is every day, whether he’s playing for Celtic or France. He shows his quality every time.
“The manager says he will not be leaving. I hope this is the case because he’s a good friend as well as a team-mate.”
Is Edouard destined for greatness?
As Bolingoli points out, Edouard has a bit of work to do to one be considered a player at Lukaku’s standard.
Having scored over 100 Premier League goals and netted 53 times in 84 caps for Belgium, the 26-year-old has long been a striker capable of playing to an elite standard.
Edouard is still just 21 years of age and is showing he has the potential to one day be a star for club and country. His recent exploits with the French U21s side have been remarkable.
He’s scored nine goals in just four appearances at that level. Already in double figures for goals at Celtic this season too, also creating six assists, he’s on a path towards the top.
With Neil Lennon confirming he won’t be sold in the January transfer window, we have plenty more good days ahead with Edouard leading the line before he decides to pursue a career elsewhere.