Mauricio Pochettino’s hunt for a brilliant young striker who can back up Tottenham‘s Harry Kane should start and end at Celtic‘s goal-sensation Odsonne Edouard.
Spurs have signed Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente in each of the last two summer windows but the pair have struggled for form.
The Tottenham manager needs a new man in attack who is mobile and skillful, and the little-known 20-year-old fits the bill.
Celtic signed Edouard on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and the Frenchman has impressed in his debut season in Scotland, scoring and creating 10 goals in 11 starts in all competitions.
Edoaurd has been behind Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths in the pecking order but he’s given supporters some fantastic moments when called upon – his winner against fierce rivals Rangers earlier this month was memorable.
Young, gifted and destined to reach the very top, the 6ft 1 striker is super-quick and has been praised by manager Brendan Rodgers for his “phenomenal” movement.
There is a rawness to his game, but that could be ironed out by Pochettino and his coaching staff on the training ground.
Tottenham have a stumbling block in their pursuit of the on-loan striker, however.
Celtic have first option to converting Edouard’s loan into a permanent transfer this summer – for a fee of around £5million – but the deal is far from done.
Rodgers explained there are a number of factors involved before Celtic can land his signature which is good news for Tottenham.
Rodgers said, as quoted by The Daily Record:
“There is a clause in the deal.”
“The clause is there and there’s been an agreement – but we would need to trigger the fee.
“There’s a lot to do in terms of the bigger picture too. In time we’ll see. He’s a fantastic player and we’ll see between now and the end of the season.
“But he’s settled in well and if we have any chance to do something at the end of the season then we can look at that.”
Spurs must consider hi-jacking Celtic’s deal to bring Edouard to London. The Frenchman has already proved his worth in Scotland, and with the right coaching he could become a brilliant player.