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One to Watch: Celtic’s 20-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard

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One to Watch: Celtic’s 20-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard

Introducing The Boot Room’s 2018/19 One to Watch series…

Odsonne Edouard became the most expensive signing in the history of Scottish football this summer.

Celtic spent £9 million making his loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain permanent after he bagged 11 goals in just 1,259 minutes in all competitions last season.

The Frenchman also scored a memorable winner in the Old Firm derby against Rangers last season, a moment that impressed his manager Brendan Rodgers.

“He is one of the best young players I have worked with – his movement, his touch, his all-round play,” Rodgers told CelticTV after the game.

He is already proving it to be money well spent this season too.

His three goals in four Champions League qualifying matches have been crucial in the absence of the perennially injured Moussa Dembélé.

With Dembélé, there is potential for Edouard to be part of one of the most dangerous strike pairings in recent Scottish football memory.

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At his best, the 20-year-old is a dynamic offensive weapon.

Capable of leading the line or tucking in behind the striker, the Frenchman’s game is not predicated on strength or speed, but an ability to combine a variety of physical attributes to enable him to manoeuvre his way through tight spaces in the final third.

But he is quick, and he enjoys using that speed to drift into the channels – especially on the left-hand side.

From there, he is a constant threat drifting inside and attempting to curl the ball into the far corner.

Now fully owned by Celtic, expect Edouard to feel more comfortable taking risks – both as a creator from deep and as a dribbler from wide.

Season Ahead

The 20-year-old will play more minutes and will have even more opportunities to shine this season.

His versatility will allow him to play in both attacking roles of both Tom Rogic and Dembélé, who both have spotty injury records.

Edouard is now starting to depose Rogic from his attacking midfield role regardless, and looks set to remain first choice as the new season commences in Scotland.

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