Odsonne Edouard comments on Crystal Palace move after leaving Celtic

By David Walton

August 31, 2021

Odsonne Edouard has labelled the challenge of scoring goals for Crystal Palace as the biggest challenge of his career after leaving Celtic.

The Frenchman left the Hoops after spending four highly successful years in Glasgow. Edouard leaves having scored 86 goals in 179 appearances [Transfermarkt].

Palace have announced that the former Celtic striker has secured a four-year deal with the London club. Sky Sports, meanwhile, have reported that the striker will earn just over £70k-per-week.

And Edouard has commented on the move for the first time as he said the following to Palace TV:

“I’m very happy to be here today. I can’t [wait] start to train with the team and to play for this club… Scoring goals in the Premier League may be the biggest challenge in my career. But I’m confident in myself and my teammates to be successful.”

Odsonne Edouard will be a missed figure at Celtic as Crystal Palace challenge awaits

Nobody can deny that it’s been a frustrating last 12 months for Edouard. Like many at the football club, he’s underperformed.

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Just the fact he’s had to accept the move to Palace is proof of this. After all, a year ago we were all talking about links with the likes of Leicester City and AC Milan.

Unfortunately, his stock has shrunk since then due to poor performances. Even so, it says a lot that he’s still been able to bag a move to the EPL. There’s undoubted talent there, and the Frenchman will be determined to show that in one of the world’s biggest leagues.

From a Celtic perspective, he’ll still be badly missed. We can’t underestimate the role he played in the quadruple treble success. He’s produced many magical moments for the club both in domestic games and European nights.

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Yes it’s been a prolonged period of frustration in recent times, nobody can pretend otherwise. However, Edouard’s departure from the club still sees us lose one of our biggest natural talents.

The Celtic support will undoubtedly wish him well in London. At 23, he has so much more room for development. It’s going to be fascinating to see how he does so with Palace.

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