Odsonne Edouard’s under-21 record with France was given another big boost on Friday night against Georgia.
The Frenchman slotted home a last-minute penalty to ensure France beat the Georgians 3-2 in a topsy-turvy Euro under-21 qualification match. Edouard’s strike ensured that France kept their 100% start to qualifying too – they now have three wins from three, with Eddy bagging six goals in the campaign already (UEFA).
But that run’s just part of a larger run of form for the under-21s. Edouard, overall, has now bagged a sensational 10 goals in five games since his under-21 debut. You can view his latest dramatic, injury-time winner below:
Eddy with a injury-time penalty to win it for France U21s. pic.twitter.com/oXtqhPN4vb
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His performances are continuously praised by Celtic fans. But what did famous French publication L’Equipe have to say about our star-man? Here’s a look at their comments after another successful night for the under-21s and Edouard in particular.
“The public who comes to see them (under-21s) is watching an Odsonne Edouard who chases the goals at a crazy speed. The Celtic forward had long gone through the game as a ghost, until that goal in overtime. The French striker gave the victory to the Blueberries, scoring his tenth goal in just five selections.
“Fortunately, the coach has a player who walks on water. ‘An attacker who is efficient is important’ said Ripoll (under-21 manager), who will still have Edouard on Tuesday, leader of the pool, to continue his flawlessness.”
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This is yet another positive for the big man to take from what’s turning into a ridiculously stunning campaign. L’Equipe have been known to be harsh with their player-ratings in the past. Any praise Edouard receives from them is a big boost.
But in the bigger picture, his France form is getting incredible. He’s the in-form striker for the under-21s. It’s imperative for him that he helps his country to qualify and has the chance of experiencing an under-21 tournament too. So long as he keeps banging in the goals, his form can’t be ignored at that level.
Of course, all of this recognition could result in further interest in his services. Given we’re in the middle of a title-race, we could do without the speculation heading into January. Crystal Palace are the latest to be linked with an interest in him for example (Scottish Sun).
Neil Lennon, however, must be delighted when he sees what his star man is doing with his international team. He’s going to come back to Parkhead full of confidence ahead of arguably our most crucial period of the season.
Between now and the winter break, we have two massive derby clashes against Rangers – one being the Betfred Cup final. We also have top spot to secure in our Europa League group and a title-race to shoot ahead in.
If Edouard bags another goal in Switzerland on Tuesday, his confidence will be sky-high. And ahead of all of these fixtures we have coming up, that’ll be invaluable to us going forward.