Andy Halliday has commented on Odsonne Edouard’s current status at Celtic and thinks that the French striker looks “unhappy” at the moment. Speaking on Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground, the Scotsman has admitted that he doesn’t envy Neil Lennon’s situation, who is forced to ensure Edouard is performing to the best of his ability.
“There comes a point where you need to say, you can’t keep playing unless you improve,” Halliday said. “Top players never miss an opportunity to show they’re top players.
“I don’t know if Edouard is unhappy, but he seems unhappy. But if you get picked, it is an opportunity to show you’re a top player. If I’m watching him, I’m thinking ‘he’s not as good as he thinks he is’. He’s Celtic’s best player.
Indeed, since Edouard returned from his self-isolation period, he has been a shadow of his former self.
Celtic must bite the bullet and sell Edouard
The fiery striker has attracted a lot of attention, including interest from Arsenal who are considering his services as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette. With just two years left on his current contract, the Hoops must start considering cashing in on Edouard.
If the 22-year-old is indeed unhappy at Celtic, there’s a very slim chance Nick Hammond will be able to persuade him into signing a new contract. Once the season ends, he will be approaching his final 12 months of his terms and the club may be forced to drastically lower his asking price, or risk losing him for free the following year.
Despite the fact Celtic are out of shape at the moment, selling Edouard in January may be their only option if they want to ensure that they pocket a healthy sum for his transfer.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has arguably outshone the Bhoys star man this season. Edouard looks out of sorts with just four goals in eight league games so far. Despite these numbers meaning he has a 50% return rate, his astonishing stats of 21 goals in 27 Premiership fixtures last season (via Transfermarkt).
The attacking dynamo’s future is looking more and more likely to lie elsewhere and Celtic must do their part as a business to ensure that they have enough funds to adequately replace him when the time comes.
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