Former Scotland forward Kris Boyd has described Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as an “unbelievable talent” and believes that he is good enough to play in any league in the world.
The 22-year-old is the Hoops’ top scorer with 23 goals this season and has been in excellent form of late, with seven goals in five Premiership games since the winter break. Boyd thinks that Celtic’s title prospects depend heavily on the Frenchman staying fit and he fully expects the Scottish champions to face a fierce battle to keep him at the club in the summer transfer window.
He told Sky Sports: “Odsonne Edouard is an unbelievable talent, he’s shown that especially over the last couple of months. Will he be up there for player of the year? Yes, there is no doubt about that. A lot has been made about the form of Leigh Griffiths as well but I think a lot of it is down to Odsonne Edouard because he can play with anybody. He can play in any league in the world as well.
“I would not be surprised if Celtic have to fight off big bids for him come the summer because he is a top player and if Celtic are going to keep performing the way they have been, then it is crucial that he stays fit.”
It is not surprising that Boyd has talked up Edouard so highly, given the Celtic striker’s fine form this season and his overall scoring record at the club. He struck 22 goals for the Hoops last term and 11 in his first season at Parkhead, with 56 goals in 118 appearances so far for the Scottish champions.
His prediction that Celtic could need to fend off plenty of sizeable bids for him in the summer is well founded, given that several clubs from Europe’s top leagues have already shown an interest in him. The Daily Record reported last month that Premier League high fliers Leicester were considering a £30m swoop for him, with Napoli also planning an equally large bid last year (as per Daily Mail). Borussia Dortmund have also declared an interest (as per Sky.de‘s Man Bielefeld, via Sport Witness) while Lyon were reportedly keeping tabs on the 22-year-old (via Football Insider).
Each of those clubs play in one of Europe’s top five leagues, as per UEFA’s association club coefficient, with the latter three all involved in the Champions League knockout stages this season. For clubs of that stature to express an interest in Edouard lends weight to Boyd’s theory that the Celtic striker could operate in any league in the continent and also supports his claim that the Hoops can expect a busy summer trying to fend off foreign interest in their top scorer.
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