Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is delighted with the progress of Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead.
The Frenchman notched his 20th goal of the season against Aberdeen on Sunday. He’s scored massive goals this term against the likes of Rangers, RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg, Aberdeen, and Hearts to name a few. For a first full year as Celtic’s number one striker, he’s been tremendous.
But it’s not just his goalscoring that’s impressed either. Edouard is a lot sharper on the ball than he was last year. He’s now a key part of Celtic’s build-up play in helping others fined space.
“They might not spent £10m or £15m on a player but they will find a few gems. Edouard has been a snip at £8m and that’s the kind of quality Lenny – or whoever is in charge – will be looking for.
“I look at Edouard and see a quality player who is really maturing. He was spinning over the top on Sunday and I was wondering where he learned it because he usually comes short.
“He’s coming on and it’s up to Celtic to find another few Edouards out there.”
A huge coup for Celtic for both short-term and long-term purposes
Whenever Edouard moves on, it will be for huge money. Whether it’s Moussa Dembele money remains to be seen, but he’s showing what he’s all about this season.
When the spotlight was thrust upon him in the summer, Edouard could’ve went one of two ways. He could’ve shrunk and struggled to take on the tag of Celtic’s number one striker. But instead, the big man has knuckled down and improved his all-round game.
His fee has been most definitely worth it so far. What he’s given Celtic this season, and that’s even with injury problems, is some genuine top-class ability in the final third. Some of his goals throughout the campaign have been ridiculously impressive (Aberdeen at Pittodrie and Rangers at Parkhead to name a couple).
It’s also important to remember that Edouard is only 21. The development left in him is on an incredible scale, and who knows how good he could be in several years’ time?
Hopefully, he gets recognised for his terrific campaign at the end of season awards across the board. If he’s not a contender for Player of the Year, then the young player award certainly must be his.