Crystal Palace secured a memorable victory over the weekend after seeing off reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
It was Wilfried Zaha and summer signing Conor Gallagher who stole the headlines after getting on the scoresheet on Saturday, but it’s arguably another recent acquisition who has provided the Eagles with the most hope in the opening weeks of the campaign.
While Gallagher’s 12-month loan deal is preventing Palace supporters from getting carried away with the midfielders tenacious displays, Odsonne Edouard continues to capture the imagination.
The 23-year-old arrived at Selhurst Park in a deal that could rise to £18.5 million during the previous window and has immediately made his mark in south London.
After coming off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur to make his debut, Edouard bagged his first Palace goal just 28 seconds later and only had to wait a few minutes later to get his second.
The blistering start was followed up by a thunderous strike against Arsenal, and journalist Tom Barclay has not only been impressed by the Frenchman’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net, but also his versatility.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Edouard has just joined but he has already shown his clinical ability in front of goal and ability to play in different positions.”
With Wilfried Zaha too ill to feature against the Gunners and consigned to the bench the following week when Newcastle United came to visit, Edouard was forced to play on the left-hand side of a front three.
And despite Palace’s talisman returning to the starting lineup last time out, the former France U21 international remained in his unfamiliar position out wide.
Nevertheless, Edouard has still managed to put in a string of eye-catching performances thanks to his tactical intelligence and unselfish play, making it clear why his former manager Neil Lennon labelled him “sensational” during their time together at Celtic.
It may be early days in the youngster’s Palace career, but it appears as though Steve Parish has sealed a dream transfer by attracting the £15.3m-rated gem to the capital club.
Given more time to settle into his new surrounding, develop an understanding with his teammates and get to grips with the demands of the Premier League, Edouard is likely to go from strength to strength under Patrick Vieira’s tutelage, providing the Eagles with a new hero to get behind.