Odsonne Edouard’s countryman Christopher Jullien has praised the Celtic superstar’s commitment to Parkhead as he outlined that he’s aware of his poor form.
Edouard hasn’t been himself for large spells this season. Despite an opening-day hat-trick against Hamilton at Celtic Park, French Eddy then went on a run of only one goal in seven league games. He’s only netted eight goals in 18 games overall for the Hoops – an underwhelming number for the former PSG starlet (Transfermarkt).
Celtic fans have recently raised their eyebrows at Edouard’s recent form considering he went away with France under-21s last month and became their highest ever goalscorer.
But Jullien has moved to reassure supporters that Odsonne’s head is still well in the game at Parkhead. He did, however, look to acknowledge the fact that the player himself has been struggling badly.
As quoted by the Scotsman, big Jullien said: “His mind is on the field. He is really good in his attitude. I see him every day, I know that every game he’s so sad if he doesn’t score, if he doesn’t perform.
“He is here to accomplish things for the team. And he knows that, since the beginning of the season, his form hasn’t been the best. But we know he has quality. He trusts himself. And he knows that, at one moment, his game is just going to elevate.
“He knows that he needs everyone on the team to accomplish that, he needs his team-mates just like we need him. We just have so much respect for each other. I just think he’s going to blast everyone again, because his talent is unbelievable. We know exactly what he’s capable of.”
Edouard has been showing promising signs
Even though his form has been pretty poor this season, some of the signs over the last week to 10 days have actually been pretty promising.
He scored an absolutely sensational goal in Prague last week to give us a lead which our defence badly let us down with afterward. Yes, he missed a good chance later on in the game, but he was back getting himself into those positions.
Going back to the Hibernian game at Easter Road just under two weeks ago, Edouard was a game-changer from the bench. His partnership with Leigh Griffiths sparked a fightback and an added edge in the final third that Celtic were lacking. He also smashed home confidently from the penalty spot to haul us back into the match.
Sure, he was back to being anonymous against Ross County on Sunday, but he deserves a bit more time before we can say whether he’s still in his slump or not. He has two goals in his last three games now, and that form is probably why Lennon has persisted with him over the last week.
This is, undoubtedly, Edouard’s most challenging period in a Celtic jersey. He’s now playing for a team that are behind their in-form rivals in the league and are now out of Europe in powderpuff fashion. This will show what kind of character Edouard truly has.
For now, however, he’s still showing some promising signs that he’s close to getting back to what we would expect from him.