Odsonne Edouard’s response to a reporter’s question on his international hopes was sensibly grounded.
The Celtic striker has been thrust into the spotlight after four goals in his opening two under-21 matches with France. He certainly made a storming impression. However, despite that, it was only two games out of what will hopefully be a successful under-21 spell.
Eddy has now represented France at all age levels outside of the senior ranks. But competition for that spot is high, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, and Kylian Mbappe all ahead of him respectively.
He was asked about his hopes of breaking into the senior ranks today. And, speaking on Celtic’s official YouTube channel, Edouard wasn’t in the mood for going over the top.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I’ve played for the under-21s, it went well. I’m really happy with what’s happened. I’m not thinking about the first-team yet.
“Everything will happen in time if it has to happen. But at the moment, I’m really happy to be playing with the under-21. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing for the team.
“The key is I’m enjoying it and not thinking of playing for the first-team.”
The reality of the France challenge is a harsh one
Edouard has all the ability in the world. He’ll know that. But he’s also right to shoot any idea of being in the France first-team down.
He’s only just broken into the France under-21 squad. His start has been blistering, but that’s all it’s been – a start. He hasn’t been away to any major tournaments with the squad yet. Only after he impresses at official tournaments can that question perhaps be asked.
However, there’s no denying the task ahead of him is massive. Just look at Moussa Dembele for example. The Lyon and former Celtic front-man was with the France under-21s at the European Championships this summer. That came after a 20-goal season with Lyon too.
Considering it’s widely-acknowledged that Dembele took the next big step up in his career – that’s a move Edouard has yet to take. Therefore, he’s still a long way off France contention.
But it looks well on him that he knows that. He doesn’t have his sights set on a quick promotion, and neither he should. If he focuses on improving his game and fulfilling his potential, international success will come naturally.
For now, he’ll only have his sights set on Rennes, and subsequently proving a point in his home nation.