Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has called for former Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard to be given time to settle into life as an English Premier League player as he awaits his first start for the Eagles.
The Frenchman completed his move to London on transfer deadline day and made a blistering start, scoring a double against Tottenham Hotspur on his first appearance for his new side.
However, as reported by the Daily Record, his fellow countryman and current boss – Patrick Vieira, has called for supporters to give the young striker time to settle into his new surroundings.
“Yes, I think he has been fit and is ready to start a game.
“It is just moving to a different country and moving to the Premier League; he needs time to adapt.
“We will take our time to make him feel comfortable in the club, in the way we want to play, but he is physically and mentally ready to start the game.
“I am pleased and happy with him. He came on, scored those two goals and came on against Liverpool and created a couple of situations.
“He is a player who needs to adapt himself to the Premier League and to the club, but he is working well.
“I think he gives me one more option upfront about who to select for the game.”
This sounds like a similar situation when Edouard first joined Celtic back in 2017 from his first club, PSG.
He took some time to settle as a Hoops player under former manager Brendan Rodgers. But once he got going, he took to life in the Green and White and went on to pick up many trophies along the way.
Despite a poor season last campaign, I don’t think too many fans would be too surprised to see Edouard go on to be a success south of the border.
He possesses a lot of talent and ability, which will see him take to life as a Premiership player.