Darren Jackson has hit out at Aston Villa’s big-money move for Ollie Watkins, and backed the idea of Celtic holding out for £40million for Odsonne Edouard.
Villa completed a club record fee for Watkins that reportedly cost the club £28m (BBC). That’s despite the fact that the player has never played in the English Premier League or been capped by England.
This comes after the Sun reported that Villa had hit a brick wall in their pursuit of Edouard. The Daily Mail believes that Celtic are standing firm on a £40m valuation, and that even the likes of Leicester are unlikely to make a move for him at that price.
But former Celt Jackson, speaking on PLZ Soccer’s Peter and Rougie’s Football Show, backed Celtic to the hilt with their mega-valuation for their prized-asset.
“He (Watkins) has never obviously had a cap, he has never played in the Premier League in England and he is £28m. Prices are ridiculous.
“Whether they (Celtic) get it or not, you need to be looking at £40m for him (Edouard) because he is a boy who has got an unbelievable future ahead of him. He’s an internationalist, he has scored goals at under-21 level and I know peoplw will judge him on full caps, but he is definitely a star in the making.
“So the prices up here, because they play up here you think ‘no, we are not going to get that price’, but I think Celtic and Rangers should hold out (for their best players) when you see that price.”
Celtic have gradually been getting toucher on big-league suitors
Over the years, Celtic have managed to raise the stakes when it comes to the prices of their top talents.
Only last summer, the club completed a record £25m for Kieran Tierney when he signed for Arsenal (BBC). And that was for a player who was currently injured and was recovering from an operation. The year before it was £19.7m for Moussa Dembele to Lyon (BBC).
Edouard, meanwhile, is flying and fully-fit. He’ll likely start on Saturday against Ross County, and has just come off another two goals for his country. If clubs are baulking at the £40m price-tag then tough. That’s the stance Celtic should take here.
Yes, there’s risk involved. Next summer we wouldn’t get anywhere near that figure for Odsonne given that he will only have a year of his contract remaining. That’s why it’s important for him to show a bit of loyalty to the club and pen a short-term one-year extension. Celtic deserve that for what they’ve done for him.
But as things stand this isn’t next summer. It’s this summer and that’s his valuation. If clubs don’t want to meet it then we’ll happily use Edouard for our 10-in-a-row push.
Jackson is spot on. We need to keep getting tough on potential English suitors and not act as if it’s an honour that they’re interested. Fortunately, Celtic appear to be getting more and more strict on their top stars.
In other news, Celtic have reportedly slapped a £15m price tag on Kristoffer Ajer and have identified his replacement.