Former Premier League and England striker, Darren Bent, believes that Odsonne Edouard should jump at the chance to move to Old Trafford if rumours of a bid from Manchester United become a reality.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent sees there being only one option if the struggling giants come knocking on Celtic’s door for the French striker.
So what has Bent said?
The ex-Spurs hitman was asked if he felt that Man Utd would be a good move for Edouard, to which he replied:
“That’s a big step up, a humongous step up, it’s massive”.
“Yes, Celtic are a massive club in the Scottish league but you’re talking about going to one of the biggest clubs in the world who are in the most competitive league in the world”.
“We saw Henrik Larsson come down from Celtic and do really well for United, he was brilliant, but I’m not quite sure. If the opportunity comes, you have to back yourself, you have to take it. Absolutely got to take it”.
So is Bent correct?
Other than being wrong about where Man Utd signed Larsson from, he is absolutely correct, regardless of the money, there are only a handful of clubs in England’s top flight that would represent a genuine step up in stature if Edouard were to leave Celtic.
Man Utd, despite their current woes, are as big as they come and only players at the very highest level would consider turning them down.
Aside from the size of the club, the current direction that Utd appear to be going in would also suit Edouard, players like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James are young, skilful and pacey, much like Celtic’s number 22. It wouldn’t be ignored that he has compatriots Martial and Paul Pogba to aid his transition, although how much longer the latter is at the club is another story.
Would you support Edouard's decision if he left for Man Utd this transfer window?
If, and it’s a big if, the stories are true, Edouard must seize the opportunity with both hands (no pun intended) as not only would he have the chance to play for one of the world’s biggest clubs but also the chance to play a major role in restoring them to their former glory. It would be a bitter sweet departure for Celtic fans but one they would grudgingly accept, eventually, however, this transfer window maybe isn’t the best timing.