Can Odonne Edouard answer Crystal Palace’s goalscoring issues?

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Odsonne Edouard of Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) /

Crystal Palace are about to complete the signing of Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard, with the player having a medical on deadline day.

Palace have struggled in front of goal this season, only getting their first goals of the year in their fourth game, midfielder Conor Gallagher getting both.

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Edouard has been wanting away from Celtic Park for some time now, and he could possibly be the signing to springboard this team in terms of hitting the back of the net.

Beginning his career in his home country of France, in the youth system of Paris St Germain, Edouard excelled in the youth leagues but failed to make a first team appearance, instead, spending much of his time in the B team.

Alternatively, the now 23-year-old was loaned out, first to Toulouse, where he struggled, getting one league goal in 16 appearances – and then onto to Celtic – where he started to come into his own, with nine goals in 22 league appearances.

Following his successful loan spell, Celtic shipped their then-record transfer fee to bring the young striker in permanently in 2018. Edouard would go on to have an extremely successful time in Scotland with 57 league goals in 94 appearances, also winning the ‘treble treble’, which is winning the Scottish Premiership, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup in consecutive years.

The player Palace will be getting is one that has been prolific in Scotland, high on confidence and looks to continue scoring. Edouard is an excellent dribbler, who isn’t afraid to shoot from distance but also has the quick feet to score in the box or offload a pass to the second player following in.

The London side are getting someone who will hope to fix their biggest problem and fit their new transfer policy of signing new, young players, who can amount to manager Patrick Viera’s style.

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The move is pending a medical, with the fee rumoured to be around £20 million.