Celtic star Odsonne Edouard in a league of his own at international level

By Euan Davidson

April 1, 2021

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard has set a new record for goal-scoring at U21 level for France.

He became Les Blues U21’s most prolific marksman, having scored 17 goals in just 13 appearances. It’s the kind of accolade that will have surely raised his price, with clubs from Inter Milan to West Ham reportedly interested since he arrived in Glasgow.

While Edouard has received criticism this season, it’s largely unwarranted. The French striker regularly covers considerable ground in matches for Celtic, often amongst the leaders in touches and passes made. He’s scored 20 goals in all competitions for the Bhoys this season – hardly paltry numbers [Transfermarkt].

And at international level, Edouard has always looked a cut above. Against Iceland yesterday, his sumptuous chip helped France to a Euros win. With his stock already high in Europe, the 23-year-old has a fantastic opportunity. As an over-age player, who was 21 when qualification for the tournament began, he has an advantage over much of the competition.

That’s shown, with his mature displays and goalscoring exploits.

Odsonne Edouard scoring for France / (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Odsonne Edouard: France star

Of course, scoring goals at high value is nothing new for Eddy.

In France’s other youth sides, racked up the numbers. 17 in 15 for the U17s. Furthermore, 5 for the U19s and 4 for the U18s.

You have to wonder, then, if a full squad appearance is in his future. Edouard probably needs a move to an elite club for that to happen. Not even Moussa Dembélé in full pomp for Lyon broke into the squad. However, with Griezmann advancing in years, Giroud nearing retirement and a lack of out-and-out strikers in an outrageously talented squad, opportunities may come.

For Odsonne Edouard, the next few years are absolutely vital. He’s obviously got the talent.

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