Reported Aston Villa target Odsonne Edouard is a better striker than Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner, Gabby Agbonlahor tells talkSPORT (8 April, 9am) of the £20 million-rated Celtic star.
It speaks volumes about Edouard’s talent that, despite scoring 20 times in 34 matches, his 2020/21 campaign has been deemed to be something of a disappointment.
This, if anything, is a reflection of the sky-high standards the France U21 international has set for himself since joining Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain for a club record £9 million.
When fit and firing, Edouard is a joy to behold, skipping past centre-backs like a galloping gazelle before dispatching his opponents a la King Herod on a bad day.
He was the undisputed talisman of Celtic’s last two title triumphs. And it is no coincidence that, during a season interrupted by injuries and illness, the Scottish Premiership crown has slipped from the Hoops’ head and onto that of bitter rivals Rangers..
With Edouard’s contract expiring in 2022, Celtic are apparently willing to sell their star man for a bargain £20 million as Aston Villa join Arsenal in race for a man once compared to the legendary Dennis Bergkamp (Mail, 26 February, page 2).
And, according to former Villa captain Agbonlahor, Edouard superior to every one of the strikers currently available to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
“I rate him higher than Abraham, Werner and (Olivier) Giroud,” Agbonlahor said.
“If he came to Chelsea, he’d be their best striker. I rate him highly. He reminds me of (ex-Celtic team-mate Moussa) Dembele. He can hold the ball up, run in behind, he’s very skilful.”
If Edouard could emulate Abraham’s impact at Villa Park, this would certainly be £20 million very well spent.
Abraham scored 26 times during a loan spell in claret-and-blue during the 2018/19 campaign.