Odsonne Edouard might not have hit top form yet this season but that could not stop the Celtic superstar from breaking an international record for France.
It is no secret that Celtic have made a stumbling start to their season. With 10IAR on the line, they were expected to come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders but instead find themselves chasing the Rangers in the Premiership and on the brink of being eliminated from their Europa League group after managing just one point in three games in the competition.
One of the biggest reasons for that is the lack of form that Odsonne Edouard has shown till now. He started in brilliant fashion with a hattrick against Hamilton Academical on Flag Day but has not looked like the same player since then. In 12 appearances since then, he has found the back of the net just thrice.
Last season, Edouard was the talisman for the club, scoring 27 goals and providing 19 assists in just 45 appearances. That is an involvement in more than a goal a game! No wonder the Hoops have not done well.
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Thus, they will be hoping that last night was when Edouard rediscovers his form. Playing for the French under 21 side, he scored twice against their Swiss counterparts. As a result, he broke the record for most goals scored at that level.
At this point, he has scored an incredible 15 goals in just 10 appearances for the France under-21s. The previous record was held by the man he replaced at Parkhead, Moussa Dembele, who had 13 goals in 23 appearances. Safe to say he absolutely smashed that.
Let’s just hope that this is the launching pad for Edouard’s season. Luck has not been in his favour either as he has been riddled with injuries and even ended up testing positive during the last international break.
A good run of games will do both his fitness and form a world of good. And it might not be too long before we see the Odsonne Edouard of old terrorising Scottish defences. Fingers crossed.