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Leicester City In Pole Position To Recruit This French Forward: What Will He Add To Rodgers’ Team?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

TuttoMercatoWeb has recently reported that Leicester City are in pole position to recruit Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard. However, it is understood that the Foxes could face competition in the form of AS Roma, Arsenal and Aston Villa in pursuit of the French marksman (via TuttoMercatoWeb).

Edouard’s Decent Goal-Scoring Record For Celtic This Season

The Kourou-born talent is enjoying another productive season at Celtic Park as he has been responsible for producing a run of match-winning displays as Celtic’s primary centre-forward. Edouard has registered 20 goals and four assists in 32 matches for the Glaswegian outfit this term across all fronts.

The former Paris Saint-Germain sensation has given a good account of himself in the attacking third of the pitch. He is averaging 3.5 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership. The 23-year-old has even been careful when interchanging possession with his teammates after completing 82% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Edouard remains one of the best strikers in Scottish football, so he will be eager for a fresh challenge following a disappointing season with his current employers. Leicester could be an ideal home for him as he has what it takes to compete with Jamie Vardy for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI next season.

Leicester City are in pole position to recruit Odsonne Edouard who is in action in the picture
Celtic’s French forward Odsonne Edouard (C) prepares to shoot and score his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match AC Milan vs Celtic on December 3, 2020, at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The French Striker Add To Rodgers’ Side?

Edouard is one of the quickest players in the Scottish Premiership and can turn on his afterburners to get past his marker with ease in the final third. He can use his strong 1.87m frame to shield the ball away from the opposition and keep possession moving effortlessly deep inside the opposition half.

The French frontman has a good football IQ that allows him to get into some dangerous areas in and around the opponent’s penalty area. Plus, Edouard is a prolific finisher in front of the goal. However, he is still inexperienced at the highest level, so the jury is out on whether he can make a seamless transition into Premier League football.

Edouard will undoubtedly add a lot of pace and goals to Rodgers’ attack and could serve as a perfect long-term successor to Jamie Vardy, who has entered the twilight years of his playing career. At 23, the Frenchman is about to enter the prime years of his playing career, so he will be a decent option for the Foxes in the long-run. With all things considered, signing someone of Edouard’s quality will be a shrewd move for the Foxes when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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