Former Scottish Premiership defender, Alex Bruce, has first hand experience of the problems that Odsonne Edouard can cause and as result recommended the France under-21 international to his dad.
Fellow centre-half, Steve, is now manager at Newcastle United and with his forward line firing blanks he may just turn his attentions north of the border.
So what has Bruce said?
Bruce was reflecting on Newcastle’s record signing, Joelinton, who cost the Magpies £40m and speaking to Football Insider feels Edouard could represent better value for money:
“I have told dad about Edouard so we’ll see, when you look at going into Europe to buy a top striker now, I mean Newcastle paid £40million for Joelinton, the price teams demand nowadays for top strikers is huge.”
“When you think of what it might cost to get him out of Celtic, it might be worth a punt.”
“Whether you could get him for £20-30million, I know it sounds like a lot of money but in today’s market it might be alright and if he comes and does anything near what he does (in Scotland) in the Premier League then it would be great.”
So is Bruce correct?
It’s almost zero risk signing Edouard, he has shown he can play in a multitude of different formations and perform different roles for his manager – he is the perfect modern striker capable of scoring goals from anywhere, with any part of his body and can take a set-piece.
Celtic may, however, start to bump their prices up with Joelinton costing £40m there is no reason why the Hoops shouldn’t be looking for something similar especially having sold a left-back for £25m the previous summer.
Will Edouard be at Celtic next season?
Moussa Dembele may have left for “only” £19.7m but he was signed for £500k, Edouard cost £9m, as a result they will want to more than double their money but could get significantly more if there is a bidding war amongst the reported suitors, and he would be worth every penny.