Odsonne Edouard’s potential has been shown already this season.
After signing for the club for £9million in the summer, he’s shot to fame at Parkhead. The youngster has already netted 14 goals in 32 appearances, despite having the burden of being Celtic’s only available striker.
Leigh Griffiths has had his troubles both outside of football and with injuries. He’s not had a fair chance to live up to the role of being Celtic’s number two striker. But that’s proved to be a real problem for Edouard.
A dry spell in front of goal saw many question whether the former PSG kid was ready for his big-time role at Parkhead. But it’s fair to say that Edouard just hasn’t had the required help that he should be getting.
Fortunately, that’s all going to change this month when Celtic bring a couple of strikers through the door.
Celtic are lining up some strikers this month
The likes of Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Timothy Weah have been heavily linked with the Hoops. The latter is on his way on a six-month loan deal, whilst Bayo’s price-tag is more than feasible for Celtic.
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Many will look at Celtic’s targets and wonder what they’ll bring to the club. What’s being forgotten, however, is just what it will do to the towering Frenchman Edouard.
Like it or not, the striker hasn’t been given the chances to rest up that he should’ve done. The fact he’s had 32 appearances to his name this season shows he’s played far too much football.
Ironically, that led to him missing the most important league game of the season against Rangers last weekend. A lack of competition also led to Mikey Johnston starting the Ibrox contest.
We saw how bullish and dominant Edouard was after being rested during the 4-3 win at Aberdeen. He came on to bag a goal and assist in the closing stages, and showed just how powerful and effective a fully-fit Edouard can be.
That’s what Celtic’s striking competition is going to provide the club’s most expensive ever signing.
So whilst many are looking forward to see what the likes of Weah and potentially Bayo can do, wait until we see what Edouard is truly capable of.