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‘Skilful in small spaces’, ‘fantastic dribbling ability’: France U21 coach hails Arsenal-linked striker

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‘Skilful in small spaces’, ‘fantastic dribbling ability’: France U21 coach hails Arsenal-linked striker

Reported Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard has been hailed by France Under-21 boss Sylvain Ripoll, as quoted in the Glasgow Times.

The 48-year-old has also admitted that “it may be a step to cross in his career” to go to a bigger league, although he is happy with what the Hoops currently offer him.

The Gunners have been linked with Edouard for a number of months, a March report in The Mirror claiming he was in Mikel Arteta’s sights for the summer.

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Speculation continued to build heading towards the summer, with The Express claiming in May that Arsenal were leading Newcastle United in the race to snap Edouard up.

The 22-year-old has claimed an impressive 63 goals and 31 assists in 127 Hoops appearances, including 27 goals and 19 assists last term, helping his side to a ninth consecutive title.

This season, meanwhile, he couldn’t have got off to a better start, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 Scottish Premiership opening-day win over Hamilton.

Edouard has also been prolific at international level for Les Bleuets, netting 11 goals in six games since his debut in September 2019.

“As for all French hopefuls playing at this level in an important club, it is obviously a big objective for him,” Ripoll is quoted by the Glasgow Times as saying.

 

“He has to keep working to still improve because he has all the capacities to do better and better.

“Celtic is an historic and very important club, but it is true that a big European championship can help to take him to the next level. When? This is another question.

“He must not set limits. He only needs to be focused on his work and on the improvements he can make, because he certainly has big potential.

“As I said before, it may be a step to cross in his career [to go to a bigger league], but Celtic offers him a lot of positive things and allows him to compete on the European stage.

“Odsonne is very skilful in small spaces and has fantastic dribbling ability.”

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Celtic’s record signing has been superb since his £9million move to Parkhead, and surely it’s now only a matter of time before he ups sticks and heads to one of Europe’s elite clubs.

A player of Edouard’s quality shouldn’t be overlooked, and when take into account his international record – double figures from six U21 games – as well as his club record, he really does look like a superstar in the making.

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