Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has been talking up Odsonne Edouard, as he labeled him the Player of the Season.
Edouard has been in stunning form this season. He’s bagged 27 goals in 45 appearances this term, and has proven himself once again to be far and away the best striker in Scotland (Transfermarkt).
His form also clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by potential suitors either. Only earlier this week, Edouard was linked with a move to Premier League side Arsenal (Daily Mirror). Despite the fact the transfer window hasn’t opened yet, it’s looking like it’ll be difficult to hold onto our prized asset.
Speaking about his form this season in the Scottish Sun, current Brechin City manager Wilson couldn’t help but sing his praises.
“I think he’s been consistent throughout the season. But, if anything, he’s got better at an important time for Celtic. He very rarely has a poor game now.
“He’s the all-round striker, he can do everything. He can hold it up, play off the shoulder, he’s got electric pace. He scores free-kicks.
“He drops into the hole. He really is the all-round package and I think Celtic have played better because of his performances, particularly alongside Griffiths which shows he can play in a two.”
Keeping him for the 10 could risk a big-money deal
Every Celtic fan would want to keep Edouard for a potential stab at 10-in-a-row next season. With his goal record this season, why wouldn’t you?
He’s formed a lethal partnership with Leigh Griffiths since the January break too. Therefore, seeing that duo in action for another year could prove pivotal in our quest to make history.
However, there’s one small problem. Edouard’s contract runs out in the summer 0f 2022 (Transfermarkt). Should we decide to rebuff any summer offers and keep him for a final year, it drastically reduces our chance of getting a big-money fee for him.
Make no mistake – that will be the club’s goal here. If Edouard moves on, they’ll demand a huge figure. So the only way we can keep him is if we get the Frenchman to sign, at the very least, a one-year extension.
If we allow Edouard to reach the final year of his contract, clubs will know that they can talk to him for free six months down the line. That’s a position Celtic would fear themselves getting in.
So it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Wilson, however, is bang on the money.