Odsonne Edouard enjoys special debut double for Palace
Crystal Palace fans have grown used to a team that scores precious little goals. Really, for much of the last few seasons, it would be hard for Eagles fans to point to anyone other than Wilf Zaha as a likely scorer on any given match day. While the likes of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend could put goals away, they were never consistent scorers.
The arrival of a France U21 international with a legal goalscoring record in Scotland, then, had fans excited.
With the game against Tottenham beginning to fade away, Palace took the lead late on with a Zaha penalty. Even with Spurs struggling, though, there was always the threat of a counter-attack leading to a draw. Enter Edouard, then, and the Frenchman wasted very little time to introduce himself to the Palace faithful. A fine first touch set up a glorious second, which ended up in the back of the net. Shortly after, the Frenchman was celebrating again after he put away a debut brace to have Palace fans out of their seats and dreaming.
It has been a long time since Palace had a striker who could feasibly move up the food chain in the Premier League. The clubs size and the sheer competition around London makes landing marquee hitmen a hard thing to achieve. The arrival of someone like Edouard, then, offers the first chance in a long time for Palace fans to at the forward future of the club with excitement.
A fantastic debut for a striker is a rare thing in South London, and Edouard will now be hoping to show fans that this was not a one-off.
Can Edouard succeed in the Premier League?
Ask any Celtic fan, and they will tell you that ‘French Eddie’ is a player with absolutely fantastic ability. However, after failing to secure an exit in the summer of 2020, most fans would also note that Edouard – who was still the Bhoys top scorer last year – had lost a bit of motivation. With a year left on his contract, losing a fabled tenth consecutive title to rivals Rangers, and a spell with both injury and COVID, many fans felt Edouard was a cert to be sold this summer.
The fact he stuck around until the end of the window was a surprise, with performances ranging from half-hearted to surprisingly efficient. The player himself had found it hard to stay motivated in Scotland, it is believed, and the fact that well-heralded coach Brendan Rodgers was replaced by ex-coach and ex-player Neil Lennon, a coach of far less ability and reputation than Rodgers, could not have helped.
Though things clearly soured for Edouard in Scotland, the majority of Celtic fans are positive about the experience overall. What was never in doubt, though, was his ability nor his capability to play in a rough and tumble environment.
Quick, pacy, powerful, mobile, and an adept finisher with both head and feet – when was the last time Palace had a striker who could have fans so justifiably excited?