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Crystal Palace have turned their attention to Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard according to The Sun and have made him their first choice target to bolster the club’s prowess in the final third.
The striker has been in fine form this season and with the Eagles in need of a striker, it is believed they have identified Edouard as the missing link.
The report claims that the Eagles will have to table a massive bid to secure his signature, however.
He has in many ways replaced Moussa Dembele, who departed for Lyon in summer 2018, as Edouard helped himself to 22 goals last season, and already has 12 this term, with eight in just 11 league games, a record that led Charlie Nicholas to describe him as “top-class” earlier this season.
If that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite then it’s worth considering the France U21 international also has 12 assists this season.
Due to his clinical finishing he would be an ideal striker for Palace to add to their ranks and one that could provide suitable competition for Jordan Ayew.
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Other than Ayew, Crystal Palace have had a miserable time in attack this term.
According to the expected goals table only five players in the squad should have scored one goal or more.
That would hint at a need for more creativity, but it shows that Palace need someone with a real eye for goal, so that they can put away chances when they do come.
Roy Hodgson has a worrying lack of depth in the striker department, with Christian Beneteke being brought on in recent games despite clearly not being the answer – as his return of one goal since the beginning of the 2018/19 season indicates.
Edouard, meanwhile, has shown he is able to score goals on a regular basis since moving to Scotland, and though most of his goals have come domestically he has proved capable on the European stage also in this campaign, with four goals in total.
He offers an alternative to Ayew, too, as he has the pace to run in behind the defence and cause issues in that manner, which could in turn create more space for the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.
The Frenchman’s best attribute is probably his finishing.
His goalscoring record reflects that and also led Nicholas to suggest he was the best striker in Scotland.
If he can emulate the form he’s showcased in Scotland following a potential move to Palace, Hodgson may finally resolve one of his biggest conundrums.