This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
In the 2017/18 campaign, Odsonne Edouard arrived on loan at Celtic from French giants Paris Saint-Germain and enjoyed a great spell in Scotland, making 29 appearances in all competitions whilst scoring 11 goals, per Transfermarkt. This clearly impressed the side, who then bought the French striker for £9.27 million in the summer of 2018, and that fee is now looking like an absolute bargain.
Since his move was made permanent, the Frenchman has scored 47 goals and picked up 27 assists in 97 appearances, and this great goal tally has helped lead the Hoops to a league title and three domestic cups, per Transfermarkt. The club are also top of the league this term and 13 points clear of Rangers in second, via BBC Sport.
His impressive 22 goals this campaign sees him grab one every 96 minutes and puts him nine strikes ahead of the second top scorer (Jermain Defoe), via BBC Sport. These great performances have not gone unnoticed, with various clubs being linked including Premier League side Arsenal, per The Express, as well as Everton and Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, and the report goes on to say that Celtic will want around £35 million for the player.
This would be a massive profit for the Glasgow giants if they did sell him and given he is only 22 years-old, per Transfermarkt, his value will continue to increase if he keeps performing to the same standards. The fact he is already valued at £35 million at this age emphasises the quality and potential the France U21 international has.
Added to that, he has also been talked up by a former Celtic great in John Hartson, with the Welshman suggesting back in March that Edouard has “all the tools to really be a first-class striker,” (Evening Times).
With the club having spent just under £10 million for the forward, you can’t help but feel that the deal Celtic got when signing Edouard was a steal.
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