Provided Celtic lose Odsonne Edouard to the Premier League – as seems likely – it’ll be a tricky job replacing him.
For all the criticism lobbed his way, Edouard has still had an impressive season. It’s no wonder, then, that Southampton have joined the hunt for his services, alongside a seemingly endless list of names.
Edouard’s departure would leave quite the void. There are multiple ways to go about replacing him, though. Celtic could go for a more experienced name for a couple of seasons. They could gamble on someone from a more obscure league. Or, they could try to repeat the trick with a French teenager who’s impressing on loan.
Evann Guessand fits that latter criteria exactly. At 19, the Ajacco-born France youth international has contributed to 12 goals during an interesting year Lausanne-Sport in Switzerland. Signed on loan from the Riviera side OGC Nice, Guessand’s statistics don’t leap off the page, but his potential is frightening.
Generating interest from Newcastle United [Northern Echo] and Southampton [Sun], Guessand is a 6ft striker who’s earned comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic [SB Nation]. A scorpion kick, like the one he scored against Zurich in March, will do that kind of thing after all.
Much-fancied by Premier League clubs, Frenchman could replace Odsonne Edouard
The parallels are striking. Beyond their respective ages and nationality, Edouard was also a striker who has aiming to make an impact on loan. Before joining Celtic, Edouard was at Toulouse, where he managed just one strike in 17 outings [Transfermarkt]. Yet, the obvious potential was there.
Logic dictates, then, that an even more exciting future awaits Evann Guessand, who has found the net 7 times for LS this season.
While the level of Premier League competition Celtic would have is considerable, a lot depends on how aggressive the Bhoys would be, and Guessand’s personal ambitions. We probably need to accept that in a lot of ways, we’re seen as a “stepping stone” to greater things.
But the advantage of that is getting immensely talented players at the club for a few years, before selling for a profit. Guessand would tick that box. A tall, physical yet technically excellent prospect, there are few in his age bracket who would be able to replace Edouard so seamlessly.