Kevin Phillips has predicted that Kyle Edwards would excel in the Premiership amid growing links with Scottish giants Celtic.
The Lowdown: Celtic set to scour far and wide for talent
With the 2021/22 season set to get underway, new Bhoys manager Ange Postecoglou will be keen to cast the net far and wide to find financially viable deals to facilitate a Premiership title charge.
Relaxed cross-border rules have proved to be an avenue of acquiring quality signings for nothing more than small compensation fees, illustrated by the additions of former Sheffield Wednesday pair Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide in the last few weeks [Yorkshire Live].
Another man who would fall into this category is former West Bromwich Albion winger Edwards, who would be available for a development fee of just £300,000 due to his extensive upbringing in the Baggies academy.
Should Celtic sign Edwards this summer?
The Latest: Phillips backs Edwards to ‘do really well’ in Glasgow
Celtic have opened talks with Edwards over a possible move to Parkhead, which has prompted Phillips to respond positively in an interview with Football Insider about the impact the 23-year-old could have in Glasgow. He said:
“If you’re going from the Premier League to the Scottish Premiership, I think he’d do really well up there.
“I think he needs a change of scenery. He can go and play regularly or hopefully at least be involved in matchdays, on the bench or whatever just to show what he can do.
“So it wouldn’t surprise me if he went up there and did really well. Then all of a sudden it might be one of those where West Brom fans are asking: ‘Why did we let him go?’”
The Verdict: Edwards would be an astute signing for Celtic
Former Sunderland striker Phillips correctly identifies Edwards’ previous disposition within an elite-level division such as the Premier League, which could bode well in the pressure-cooker environment at Parkhead.
He registered four goal contributions in 13 matches combined for West Brom’s first team and under-23s last season, with one goal and three assists [Transfermarkt].
Intriguingly, despite his limited time on the field, Edwards recorded a commendable 91.2% passing accuracy, which was actually the highest in the West Bromwich Albion squad across the campaign [WhoScored].
Lacking depth on the left hand-side of attack, Celtic should look to tie up a deal for Edwards as soon as possible, especially if they could get him for a measly six-figure fee.
In other news, Celtic have opened talks with this England international.
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