Former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas believes Odsonne Edouard has what it takes to make a success of himself in the Premier League, praising the striker in his Sky Sports column.
Edouard has been the focus of near-constant transfer speculation for months, with a number of teams from the cash-rich division said to covet the Frenchman.
He’s been a sensation for Celtic, so that comes as no surprise.
However, there have been clear signals from manager Neil Lennon that the club isn’t keen on selling him anytime soon.
Nicholas has been giving his thoughts on the player in an Arsenal focused piece, suggesting that the player has developed a new determined mindset over the last six months.
As quoted by Sky Sports, he said: “Of course, he could make it in the Premier League, but he would need to be playing in a team structure that has a lot of the ball. At Celtic, they have it 75-80 per cent of the time. That’s why he’s become such a marketed product.
“He’s had his best goalscoring season and he’s scored quite a few in Europe so you are not just judging him on his tally in Scottish football. In the last six months, we have seen that defenders have tried to get physical by kicking him, we have seen him start to react in a good way.
“Before, he might go missing for 20 or 25 minutes, but now when that happens, he gets agitated and tries even harder. As a result, he’s become Celtic’s key player and best by a distance.”
There’s no doubt that Edouard has made vast improvements in his overall game this season.
He was a big game talent last term but in 2019/20 has added consistency and physicality to his game that has paid off dividends in terms of return, with close to 30 goals and 20 assists already.
It’s appeared he’s relished the challenge of being Celtic’s main man, stepping up to become one of the real leaders in the starting eleven despite his young age.
Hopefully English clubs can only continue to look on with envy over the coming 12 months.