Odsonne Edouard running out of options for Celtic exit
Another week has passed of this busy summer transfer window, and Odsonne Edouard remains a Celtic player.
It seems odd to wish one of our best players from the last few years away. However, this has been a transfer saga that has tested the patience of seemingly everyone concerned.
Supporters have flocked to Kyogo Furuhashi as the new striker du jour, while new names like Joe Hart and Liel Abada have become instantly popular. Again, Edouard started on the bench as Celtic laid waste to Jablonec in the Europa League.
You wouldn’t bet on him starting on Sunday, either. So, who was in for Edouard, and what’s the situation?
AS Roma had been linked with the French striker as a “low cost opportunity” [Forza Roma]. Instead, it looks like José Mourinho’s side have opted for Tammy Abraham, who has also interested Arsenal. According to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are the favourites.
Meanwhile, Southampton have opted for ex-Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong [Chronicle Live]. The south coast side had been keen on Edouard, but needed the Frenchman to reduce his wage demands, according to the Sun.
Brighton had been interested, but the Daily Mail suggest any chance of a quick move has been dashed.
That leaves Celtic and Edouard in an uncomfortable position.
Celtic and Odsonne Edouard left in bizarre limbo
So, what now then?
It’s feasible that Edouard could see out the rest of his contract with Celtic. On the playing side, it wouldn’t be a disaster. In his last two substitute appearances, Eddy has scored one, and came close to another against Jablonec last night.
His chipped shot was saved, only for the ball to fall into the path of James Forrest.
So, having a proven goalscorer off the bench would be quite a boost in a sense. In another, though, it’s a lot of potential cash for Celtic to miss out on. Earlier this summer, it seemed an inevitability that the striker would leave, and for decent money, too.
While the departure of Kristoffer Ajer has off-set much of Celtic’s spending, Covid-19 will surely have affected Ange Postecoglou’s budget. An extra £10m+ would be a welcome boost.
It’s sad to see, in truth. So often a hero to Celtic supporters, Edouard has given us plenty of fantastic moments. Yet, he could slink out the door for nothing next year, or leave this summer with a transfer that seems massively unsatisfying all-round.
Whatever you made of his performances last season, it’s no way for a Celtic star to exit. And, it’s more evidence that the Bhoys need to be proactive in firming up contract extensions.
Either way: being a second-choice striker, and one the fans would prefer to leave. It’s not how we would’ve seen Edouard’s Celtic career coming to an end.