Chris Sutton is adamant that Celtic’s centre-forward Odsonne Edouard is a top-class player that can go to the top and feels this summer may be the right time for him to exit Parkhead, but believes the Scottish giants would be foolish not to try keep hold of him for an extra year.
The 22-year-old has matured so much since he joined the Bhoys back in 2018 and he’s now a real talisman in Neil Lennon’s side.
He’s currently scored 23 goals and supplied 16 assists in 37 games across all competitions this campaign.
The French striker is someone that can be unselfish when he needs to be around the box, but at the same time can be a clinical finisher too.
Sutton has explained that he considers Edouard to be valued at £40million and believes he’s good enough to join one of Europe’s top divisions.
But Celtic will make it 10 consecutive league titles if they win the Scottish Premiership this year and the following season, so he suggests going all out to keep their star forward.
“Edouard is worth £40million. He’s the best striker that Celtic have had since Henrik [Larsson] and is going to the very top,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“In all honesty, the time will probably right for him to go in the summer. He looks to me as though as he is already ready for the step up to one of Europe’s big leagues.
“Edouard might have decided his time is up, but maybe he hasn’t. Only he knows. And if you were Celtic, you would surely do everything to get him to stay for just 12 more months.
“Sure they’d have to break the wage structure, but it’s a one-off. And they’d get the money back in the transfer-fee profit, anyway.
“If the club do manage to win a ninth-straight title and then have the cherished tenth to shoot for next term, surely Celtic should rip his current contract to bits, offer him virtually whatever he wants and plead with him to give them one more year in an attempt to make history.”
Edouard has all the attributes of a top forward that could score goals in any league and Celtic definitely should be putting a big price tag on his head.
He’s scored goals in European competitions for the Scottish club and has made a serious impact for France’s Under-21s side too, with many expecting him to end up with the senior group in the future.
His contract at Parkhead expires in 2022 and his future is going to be a major talking point when it comes towards the end of the season, but for now he can just focus on trying to fire the club to more silverware.