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Crystal Palace: Tom Barclay lauds Odsonne Edouard

The versatility of summer signing Odsonne Edouard is a major bonus for Crystal Palace, according to journalist Tom Barclay.

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Although he is a natural striker, the 23-year-old is also comfortable playing on either flank and was deployed on the left wing during Palace’s recent draws with Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Due to Wilfried Zaha’s enforced absence through illness, the Frenchman was deployed in (and scored from) the more unfamiliar position by Patrick Vieira at the Emirates Stadium, but Barclay believes he is more than capable of fulfilling that role, claiming that he’s comfortable out wide due to his well-rounded skillset.

Referring to Edouard, Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s not a centre forward playing out of position, he can play along the forward line in all three positions. You wouldn’t play him, I don’t think, as a winger in a 4-4-2, but as an inside forward or a player who doesn’t have to defend as much, he can definitely do that.

“And that’s another great option for them. He’s got great pace, he’s obviously physical, he’s got good technical ability, and a great finish again for that goal (against Arsenal).”

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Crystal Palace fans will love him

Edouard has already made a big impression at Selhurst Park following his arrival for £14m in August, bagging three goals in just six Premier League appearances.

Despite his impressive exploits on the left-hand side in recent weeks, though, the 23-year-old’s future is likely to remain through the middle, especially when Eberechi Eze returns to full fitness.

The prospect of Zaha, Edouard and Eze forming a formidable front three in south London is an exciting one for Palace fans, and they’ll surely love their new French forward for many years to come if he maintains his current form.

In other news… Journalist reveals £18m-rated Palace gem “loves” Vieira, they could form a formidable duo

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