Former Celtic star Kris Commons has delivered a damning verdict on Odsonne Edouard, but his comments are really an indictment of the quality around the Frenchman.
Edouard is Celtic’s top scorer this season, racking up 20 goals in all competitions, with 14 of those coming in the Premiership.
While Alfredo Morelos has smashed that tally out of the park over at Ibrox, Edouard is the one who will likely end the season with three medals around his neck, and is no doubt one of the best prospects in Britain at the moment.
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Commons however, who starred in 227 Celtic games, scoring 89 times and adding 72 assists, said this about the striker on Sky Sports News (29/04/19): “I think the form of Edouard has been hot and cold. When he is good, he is really good. When he is not, he is a bit of a passenger.”
It’s quite hard to disagree with Commons’ verdict really, as there have undoubtedly been games this season in which Edouard has been totally anonymous.
However, a striker can only do so much when the team is not performing, and the games he goes missing in are usually the ones in which the passing is sluggish and negative all the way through the team.
As the 21 year-old learns and develops he will have more of an impact outside of scoring goals, but the onus is on the Bhoys to put quality around the young striker, and feed him the ball in dangerous areas whenever possible.
In short, Commons has got it spot on, but his comments reflect much larger issues in the squad that must be addressed this summer, like the need for a playmaker who can stay fit more often than Tom Rogic.