Everyone in the Celtic camp and all of the club’s fans will be thrilled to be back to winning ways after their recent two results. Thanks to a victory in the Europa League over Lille and a 2-0 win against Kilmarnock in the Premiership, the Hoops have restarted a positive streak.
Neil Lennon will especially be breathing a sigh of relief as their weekend win means that he lives to see another day as the Celtic manager. He will be especially pleased with goal-scorers Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Duffy, as well as summer signing David Turnbull who has come on leaps and bounds recently.
One man who was below par though is Odsonne Edouard, and his erratic differentiating performances are starting to become something of a concern for Lennon.
Considering the £16,000 per week centre-forward has been linked with a regular exit, he isn’t painting himself in the best light. Edouard looks a shadow of his usual self this season, struggling to find form on multiple occasions across both the Premiership and the Europa League.
He finished last season with a whopping 27 goals and 19 assists in 46 matches, but this term he is dipping in and out of form.
He was all but absent against Killie, with Elyounoussi instead proving to be the more clinical of the two. According to Sofascore, Edouard made just 11 passes the entire time he was on the pitch and he lost possession on ten different occasions.
Not only have Celtic struggled without his usual fiery nature, but he isn’t selling himself for any potential buyers that might come knocking in January or the summer.
He has two goals in his last five appearances, which is a pretty solid return. But in his last ten domestic matches, he has only found the back of the net three times, which is a worrying amount for a striker of his calibre (via Transfermarkt).
With Leigh Griffiths rarely seeing any action and Lennon clearly having no faith in Albian Ajeti, Edouard is the key man in attack. However, his recent performances say otherwise – he could just be damaging his own image with this poor run of form.
In other news, David Turnbull was Lennon’s real match-winner vs Kilmarnock…