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Traits of Odsonne Edouard that set him apart from Moussa Dembele

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Christopher Jullien is confident that the Hoops’ top marksman Odsonne Edouard is in a zone of his own and is all set to eclipse Moussa Dembele, his predecessor at the club.

The French defender is also of the opinion that Olivier Ntcham too will play a big role in Celtic’s quest for continued success at home as well as in the continent.

If we look at all the odds offered by all the reputed off-line and online bookmakers, including the Vegas betting odds, this trio of Ntcham, Edouard and Jullien is all set to deliver the goods in the team’s upcoming showdown against their countrymen from Rennes in Europa League.

The trio is the key for Celtic’s future plans

Edouard had scored the priceless opening goal to set up Celtic’s victory over CFJ Cluj recently and Jullien had scored a late goal through a header to overcome Lazio in Glasgow. Ntcham on the other hand netted a memorable winner against the Italian side in Rome not too long ago.

However, everyone agrees that Edouard is presently the headline act of the team. Having the burden of filling the void left by Moussa Dembele’s transfer to Lyon 15 months ago, the striker has risen to the occasion time and again, and met every challenge with flying colours.

He has performed repeatedly both away as well as at home for Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers, making Celtic fans never miss the presence of Dembele. Moussa Dembele on the other hand recently proved to everyone that his career is on a rapid rise after scoring his 100th senior goal playing for Fulham, Lyon and Celtic combined.

Presently, he is being eyed by Manchester United. However, if we go by Jullien, Odsonne Edouard has the skills to reach even greater heights than his predecessor. The striker is only 2 goals short of scoring a half-century as a senior player, and that too at the young age of 21. 

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He said: “I have already said there is no limit to what Odsonne can do because his game is so complete. He can do everything. He’s not slow, he can run, he can dribble, he can play with his head, he can come deep and play like a No.10 and his skills are unbelievable.

“Comparing him to Moussa would be a mistake, they are definitely not the same. I played against Moussa last season, so I can say that. Moussa is a good striker, really powerful, and Odsonne is a different striker, but the sky is the limit for him.

“I would say Odsonne is better because I’ve only played with him! I would say Odsonne for sure.”

In his opinion, while Moussa is an excellent striker, Edouard is extremely talented and as much younger.

Ntcham not there yet, but is improving constantly

While Edouard has regularly featured in Lennon’s team, the same hasn’t been the case with Ntcham. The talented midfielder has somewhat struggled to get regular starts, as other players like Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown have consistently dominated the central positions.

Nevertheless, he holds tremendous value for the team and is expected to play a more prominent role in the times to come.

 

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