Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has suggested that the problems Odsonne Edouard is currently going through, isn’t down to things such as attitude but in fact down to the system that manager Neil Lennon is playing.
Speaking his weekly column for the Daily Record, Sutton believes that this system doesn’t play to the Frenchman’s strengths enough, with him being too isolated upfront on Thursday night in particular.
“It could have just been an off night. Believe me, it happens. The bigger concern is the system is not playing to his strengths. I go back to the short time when Celtic had Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard playing together. They looked dynamite as a partnership and it was such a shame they couldn’t have teamed up for longer.
“Then you look at the second half of last season with Leigh Griffiths. Edouard looks more comfortable in a two up top but for some reason Celtic went with a 3-4-1-1 the other night.
“It does seem Lennon is still working out his best formation and line-up to get the best out of his players. There’s no doubt it’s a conundrum.”
In this Celtic side, we must play to the strengths of a player like Edouard. The two up front does exactly that.
As mentioned by Sutton, we saw the 22-year old at his best last season, alongside strike partner Leigh Griffiths. They both complimented each other extremely well.
I do believe we could see a similar partnership grow between Edouard and Albian Ajeti. We haven’t seen enough of them together yet to determine whether that is the case though.
A player like Ajeti will be good for Edouard as it allows him more space to do what he does best with the ball at his feet. There’s no doubt that both are quality player, so when they are up to full speed I cannot wait to see what they are capable of alongside one and other.