Odsonne Edouard made a huge statement with his most recent performance for his country. The France reserve team were victorious over Switzerland U21 after netting three goals to their one. Celtic’s star man was on song for the home side, starting the match and paying off the manager’s faith by scoring a brace.
His double against the Swiss is the first time Edouard, who earns £19,000-a-week according to Salary Sport, has found the back of the net since Celtic played FK Sarajevo at the start of October. He now has two goals in his last eight appearances for both club and country, seemingly struggling to rediscover his groove after missing the action due to testing positive for coronavirus.
The 22-year-old’s international display will have put Neil Lennon at ease. The Hoops boss is not experiencing a typical Celtic season and he will be praying that his most reliable players, including Edouard, can pull the team through their recent struggles.
Celtic have been relying on Mohamed Elyounoussi recently to score the majority of their goals. The Southampton loanee has bagged himself an impressive ten goals and four assists so far, ahead of Edouard on six goals and two assists. But this isn’t enough for Lennon, who has been knocked off the top spot in the Premiership by Steven Gerrard.
The Bhoys have also been struggling to find their gear in the Europa League as well. As it stands, they’re rooted to the bottom of their table with the one lone point, whilst Lille top the group, six points ahead.
Edouard’s performance will certainly be encouraging for Lennon, particularly after the £13.5million-rated striker failed to get involved in any of the five goals France U21 put past Liechtenstein U21 last week. His teammates will also be thrilled to see him rediscover his fiery form. Callum McGregor is especially fond of playing with the striker – he recently lauded his teammate as a “delight” to work with on the pitch.
Having come under scrutiny from the likes of Peter Martin, who described him as “lethargic” back in September, this was the perfect response from the centre-forward.
If he can apply the same threat in front of goal to Celtic’s upcoming match against Hibernian, the Hoops can start to close the nine-point gap between them and top-of-the-table Rangers.