How good is Odsonne Edouard? What does his stats say in Celtic Park

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Over the years, the Premier League has offered some breathtaking debuts. And French striker Odsonne Edouard just had his name written in that elite list as Crystal Palace beats Spurs. Nuno’s men were left devasted as Patrick Vieira keeps his record against Spurs intact even as a manager. Odsonne was introduced in the game at the second half, and his brace earned the home side a first win, Palace signed him on a four-year contract from Celtic. And he paid back the trust the London club showed in him on the first day. Odsonne Edouard’s stats in Scotland is another reason for Palace to pay €16 million.

Early Career:

Born in 1998, the Frenchman started his football career around his local clubs. His goal-scoring prowess was noticed by France’s giants Paris Saint-Germain as they have included him in their youth academy. Going through the ranks in the club, he did earn several other loan spells as well. However, when Celtic showed interest in him, that was the moment he left his homeland. The Scottish club signed him on a season-long loan. And from there, Odsonne Edouard made his debut in the UEFA Champions League as well.  He scored the winning goal in the 69th minute of a 3–2 win over rivals Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, and seal Celtic’s seventh consecutive league title. He ultimately made 29 appearances for the season and scored 11 times as Celtic completed a domestic treble. His goalscoring prowess impressed the Scottish giants and they signed him permanently in the following season.

Life in Glasgow:

The domestic treble win made him quite popular among the locals of Celtic Park. And that earned him the tag of the most expensive buy of the Scottish giants. Under Brandon Rodgers, he flourished as the Scottish cup came home again. Not only the cup, but the Scottish giants also completed a historic “treble treble”, that is, winning the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish League Cup, and the Scottish Cup in three consecutive years. In the following season, he went on to become the top scorer of the league. However, covid-19 disrupted the momentum of the league. He made 179 appearances for the Scottish club. He had 125 goals involvement for them in which he scored 86 times and assisted 36 times.

Despite the dream debut, the 23-year-old needs to keep his feet to the ground. As Premier League has often seen some momentary lapse. He definitely might give Benteke a competition for the starting spot, however, he needs to deliver more often than not.

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