Sky Sports reporter believes Odsonne Edouard will stay at Celtic

By David Walton

September 22, 2020

Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has stated that he would be “very surprised” if Odsonne Edouard left Celtic this summer amid the speculation.

The Express and Star reported just several days ago that Edouard is still very much on Aston Villa’s wishlist despite the record-breaking signing of Ollie Watkins. The Transfer Window podcast’s Ian McGarry has also claimed in the past that Arsenal have launched offers in for the Frenchman.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard and manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The speculation likely hasn’t helped Edouard’s start to the season either. French Eddy hasn’t bagged a goal from open play in his last four Premiership matches, and found himself on the bench for the visit of Livingston on Saturday.

But Sky’s Joseph believes that clubs’ hesitancy this summer to splash out on big-money deals will be telling. Below is his tweet on the Edouard saga:

Nothing in the pipeline at the moment

If clubs want to sign Celtic’s star-man then they better be quick about it. Morally, Celtic must have a date set for when they’ll shut off all discussions regarding our prized asset.

It does the club no favours to go selling in the closing days of the window, especially when you consider the fact that we almost definitely won’t be able to get an able replacement in if we’re having to panic buy.

We’re now less than two weeks away from the transfer window closing in Britain. You could even argue that we’ve already crossed that line with regards to being open to discussions over Edouard.

Odsonne Edouard scores against Ross County / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Yes, you can look at Albian Ajeti and feel we have someone there who will score at the rate Edouard does. But you’re then relying on Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths to be good enough to step in when necessary. The former has still yet to prove himself whilst the latter has had his injury problems already this season.

With 10-in-a-row on the line, Celtic need to make a tactical decision here and not one that’s simply based off the potential financial benefits. That’s why any move for Edouard seems unlikely this summer in any case.

But with reporters like Joseph also believing the player is set to stay at Parkhead, that bodes well as we pray for a quiet end to what has been a lengthy summer window.

In other news, one of Celtic’s biggest fixtures of the season so far is reportedly under threat.