Why the next seven days are massive for Odsonne Edouard and Celtic
As Odsonne Edouard gets set to tackle the under-21 European Championships over the next week, it’s a colossal week for himself and for Celtic.
If you haven’t heard already, a report from Eurosport today claimed that there is no major interest in the Frenchman. They state that Leicester City are most likely to make a move out of anyone, but that there are no signs of a major transfer tussle on the go.
That may surprise many with the constant speculation surrounding him. Not to mention the fact that he’s still managed to bag 20 goals this season [Transfermarkt].
So what better time for Edouard to reignite any suitors who are becoming increasingly disinterested. Eurosport state that clubs aren’t convinced that a fee of £20m is worth it.
If that’s true, Edouard could do with reminding them what he’s all about. Tomorrow night, his France under-21 side face Denmark. That’ll then be followed by Russia on Sunday and then a final contest against Iceland next Wednesday.
Celtic will be hoping for goals galore in all three fixtures, and so should Edouard. We’re entitled to expect it given his knack of turning it on for the French youngsters. Remember, Edouard is sitting on an outrageous 15 goals in 10 games for the under-21s [Transfermarkt]. It wouldn’t surprise you if he came to life over the next seven days.
Odsonne Edouard could do Celtic a big favour by turning it on this week
Given the UEFA under-21 Euros is always a competition that has scouts on high alert, this is a massive week. Clubs around Europe will have scouting staff assigned to the competition.
If Edouard goes out and performs, it will maximise his value in the summer. And that’s something we desperately need given he’s going to be into the final 12 months of his contract by then.
It’s not as if he’s had a blockbuster season either. He’s failed to impress in Europe and he hasn’t shone in any of the two derby matches he’s played in either. We needed so much more from Eddy this season, and that will undoubtedly have negatively effected his value.
Had he scored goals in the Europa League and bagged winning derby goals this season, you could’ve put your house on a transfer tug of war. That doesn’t look like happening as things stand, not with how poor a campaign he’s had.
Goals against St Johnstone, St Mirren, and Hamilton aren’t going to cut it. Those aren’t the moments he needs to bag a big move and to get Celtic a big fee for his services.
But the next week is different. Proving himself as one of the most highly-rated up-and-comers in Europe will make a power of difference.
These next three games could very well be the difference between bagging £20m for Edouard or having to settle for much less.