French forward Edouard made his debut

French forward Edouard made his debut

French forward Edouard made his debut

French forward Edouard made his debut

French forward Edouard made his debut

Many Celtic fans lost faith in Odsonne Edouard during his final season in Scotland, but it took the striker just 28 seconds to win over Crystal Palace supporters.

Edouard introduced himself to the Selhurst Park crowd with two goals in eight minutes against Tottenham,

earning new manager Patrick Vieira a first victory as Eagles boss.

“It’s a dream debut for me and to score in front of the fans is important for me,” he said.

“I worked very hard for this moment.”

So is Edouard the man to finally solve Palace’s long-standing goal scoring problems?

The French forward, 23, became the Eagles’ joint third-most expensive player when they signed him for

£14m on deadline day, with a prolific forward top of their summer shopping list.

He won three league titles and two trebles at Celtic, and was named Scottish Football Writers’ Association

“Every single Celtic fan I know would have given the keys to their car to drive him away,” former Scotland

winger Pat Nevin said on transfer deadline day last month.

“A lot would have said ‘get him out of here’. He hasn’t been working that hard – he probably will at Palace.”

With 89 goals and 39 assists in 179 appearances for the Scottish side, Edouard has undoubtedly got a fine

pedigree and provided more than a glimpse that it may translate south of the border.

His perfect start for Palace saw him become the first player to score twice on his Premier League debut as

a substitute since Sergio Aguero for Manchester City in August 2011 against Swansea.

In his post-match interview Palace boss Vieira added: “We knew he can score goals.

He showed it when he was at Celtic but you will have to give Christian Benteke a lot of credit.




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