Pundits Michael Stewart and Gordon Strachan have lauded Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard tonight, suggesting live on BT Sport 2 (05/02 match coverage, 19:40) that he would easily get a game at Manchester United.
Edouard has had a magical season at the Bhoys, scoring over 20 goals and reaching double figures in assists (Transfermarkt).
He was also on the scoresheet in either half tonight against Motherwell, with Neil Lennon’s side going on to win the match 4-0.
It was before this evening’s match that former Man United players Stewart and Strachan heavily praised the Frenchman, believing he could even be of the calibre to sort out the Old Trafford’s side striking woes.
The Red Devils have only scored 36 goals in the Premier League this term, a lesser amount than five of the six teams above them in the table.
Speaking live on BT Sport 2 (05/02 match coverage, 19:40), Stewart said when speaking about the transfer value of Edouard: “Man United haven’t got a striker, Odsonne Edouard would walk into that team at the moment.”
Presented Darrell Currie questioned the comment, saying: “They’ve got a few strikers. You think he’s better than what they’ve got? [Anthony] Martial, [Mason] Greenwood coming through?”
Stewart replied: “Yes I do.”
Strachan then interjected: “Oh yeah, absolutely, at this moment in time, yeah. He’s more rounded. Please stay here so we can watch you for a while because it’s great to watch great players.”
His goals are priceless
It says a lot about the level that Edouard is currently operating at that the Frenchman is considered by some pundits to be competing towards the top end of the English Premier League, especially those who know all about Man United.
Keeping ahold of the French U21 forward was key for Celtic in January and it’s already paying off with the player scoring some big goals since the return from the winter break.
There’s obviously an expectation in the wake of exits for Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney that one day Edouard will be leaving for a richer and more illustrious league.
As Strachan suggested, we have to enjoy him while he’s here.
If he can fire us towards nine-in-a-row and we somehow even get another season out of him towards ten, he’ll leave an iconic all-time Celtic legend.