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What can FPL managers expect from new Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Edouard?

Crystal Palace completed the signing of long-term target Odsonne Edouard (£6.5m) on transfer deadline-day, for a reported fee of £14m plus add-ons.

The highly-rated striker endured a successful spell at former club Celtic, where he scored 86 goals in 179 appearances, but was facing an uncertain future with just one year remaining on his contract.

Now at Selhurst Park, it is expected that he will compete with Christian Benteke (£6.4m) and Jean-Philippe Mateta (£5.4m) for the lone-striker role under Patrick Vieira.

Upon his signing, Chairman Steve Parish said: 

“Odsonne is a player of proven quality. He was a player in high demand and I’m delighted he chose to join Crystal Palace as another fantastic addition to our squad.”

Edouard has thrived in the Scottish top-flight, but what exactly will he bring to Palace and can he make the step-up to the Premier League?

We’ll attempt to answer those questions and assess his potential Fantasy Premier League (FPL) worth in the article below.

THE HISTORY OF ODSONNE EDOUARD

Born in French Guiana, Edouard began his career in France with AF Bobigny and the Paris Saint-Germain Academy.

During his time in PSG’s development system, he was a prolific goalscorer, netting over 60 goals in two seasons, and also impressed at international level, bagging 17 goals from 15 France Under-17 appearances.

That ability saw him named PSG fans Academy Player of the Year for 2015 and earnt him a professional contract with the senior side shortly after. However, he failed to make a first-team appearance, and spent most of his time in the reserves.

As a result, Edouard was sent out on loan to Toulouse in 2016, which is where he made his competitive debut, scoring one goal in 17 appearances. 

He then joined Celtic on loan the following summer, before signing a permanent deal in 2018. His excellent performances in Scotland helped the club win three Scottish Premiership titles and four domestic Cups, while individually, he won the SFWA Footballer of the Year 19/20 award as the league’s top goalscorer.

His record after moving to Glasgow in 2017 speaks for itself.

LEAGUE STATISTICS

SeasonClubAppearancesGoalsAssists
2016/17Toulouse (loan)4 (12)10
2017/18Celtic (loan)12 (10)92
2018/19Celtic22 (10)155
2019/20Celtic25 (2)219
2020/21Celtic28 (3)184
2021/22Celtic3 (1)21

Above stats via FBref

Internationally, he has represented France at U17 to U21 level, and in the coming seasons will hope to make the step-up to the seniors.

PROFILE

Edouard, 23, is a quick technically gifted centre-forward, who’s movement and positioning sees him often drift wide to the left. 

What can FPL managers expect from new Crystal Palace forward Odsonne Edouard? 8

Odsonne Edouard’s touch heat map 2020/21 via Sofa Score

He is happy to drop deep to link-play or run in behind the opposition backline, something Palace have been crying out for during the opening three weeks of the season.

“We needed to change by running a little bit more in behind. In the first half it was easy for West Ham to defend because we always wanted the ball at our feet, but in the second half we stretched them a bit more and that allowed our forwards to create a situation to go inside of them, and we scored the two goals.” – Patrick Vieira, speaking after the 2-2 draw at West Ham United in Gameweek 3

However, it is his finishing ability which really stands out. He is composed, capable with either foot, while his quick feet means that he can fire off shots from tight spaces.

COMPARISON WITH PALACE ASSETS IN 2020/21

Goals per 90Shots per 90Assists per 90Key passes per 90
Edouard (for Celtic)0.74.20.21.5
Benteke0.53.50.7
Ayew1.10.10.6
Mateta0.41.70.4
Zaha0.42.10.11.0
Eze0.11.30.21.5
Olise (for Reading)0.22.00.32.3
Gallagher (for West Brom)0.12.00.11.0

Above stats from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area and WhoScored

Edouard’s underlying stats for goal threat were well above those of any of his new team-mates but, we should factor in the inferior level of competition in the Scottish top flight.

Nevertheless, 4.2 shots and 0.7 goals per 90 minutes are encouraging numbers, even accounting for the expected drop-off in the Premier League.

However, at this stage we should note that Edouard’s output was boosted by a share of dead-ball duties at Celtic, including direct free-kicks and penalties.

THE PROSPECTS

Palace have struggled in front of goal this season, failing to score in their opening two matches, so it was clear that they needed to strengthen up front.

The centre-forward role has been taken by either Benteke or Mateta so far, neither of whom have scored, so with Edouard fully fit and ready to go, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he was thrown straight in against Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 4.

Indeed, Edouard’s last appearance came for Celtic last Sunday as he played 68 minutes for the Bhoys in their 1-0 Old Firm loss against Rangers at Ibrox, so his fitness shouldn’t be an issue.

Encouragingly for Palace, they did show signs of improvement in the second half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at West Ham United, which they will need to build on given their testing schedule: 

That suggests that we have plenty of time to scout Edouard, before possibly making a move in Gameweeks 9 or 11, if he shows us enough potential that is.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Finally, Palace have landed a recognised goalscorer, who offers Vieira a different type of striker who will look to make runs in behind.

Importantly, he will also add energy to his team.

In 2020/21, the Eagles had the oldest squad in the Premier League, but have recruited well over the summer and prioritised youth by bringing in younger players with real potential like Marc Guehi (£4.5m), Michael Olise (£5.4m) and Conor Gallagher (£5.5m).

However, we should of course factor in the lower standard of the Scottish Premiership when assessing Edouard, and it does perhaps feel like he will need penalties and a share of direct free-kicks if he is to truly compete with the likes of Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) and Ivan Toney (£6.4m) for a place in our FPL squads.

Now the challenge for Edouard is to settle quickly and consistently deliver. If Palace can get that out of him, he might just be worth adding to our Watchlists ahead of their fixture swing.

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1,138 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TheBiffas
      1 month, 14 days ago

      would you wildcard this? only 1ft so i'd need to take a hit to get ronaldo / lukaku in.

      Sanchez / Steele

      TAA / Shaw / Ayling / Liv / Amartey

      Salah / Son / Greenwood / Mahrez / Benrahma

      Ings / Antonio / Perica

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No, take a hit or two.
        Holding WC could be valuable later on.

    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Guys

      A) ings to dcl free
      B) Bruno ings to greenwood rono -4
      C) Bruno ings tsimi to jota rono livra-8

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        The B option looks most tempting but how long is Greenwood going to keep starting?

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah..got to think about it though.jota preferred one but tsimi blocker

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            C maybe. I did Omo > Livra for -4 last week. Livramento is going to be at least 4.3 or 4.4 without injuries. So postponing the inevitable transfer would have cost me only tv.

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    • Emery thing I do
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sorry guys reposting - think I’m fairly happy but open to improvements ?

      Sanchez
      TAA, Shaw, White, Coufal
      Pogba, Salah, Mount
      Ronaldo, DCL, Antonio

      Steele, Livramento, Allan, Skipp

      Thanks in advance!

    • DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Morning All

      Not sure if I will roll a transfer or not, if I don't I am looking at replacing Bruno for the below, looked at there stats fairly similar to be honest.

      Not seen much of them play, what are your thoughts on...

      A. Gray
      B. Trincao

      Thanks

      1. Prison Mike
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B I don’t fancy Gray to keep up this form

        1. DavvaMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah, I am undecided, tough one.

    • Prison Mike
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best option on WC guys?

      A) DCL & TAA

      B) Lukaku & 4.5 def

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    • Pariße
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Tottenham are 3rd worst for shots conceded (17.3 per game) but managed to keep 3 clean sheets. Dier won't last long.

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Second best behind City are Wolves, they managed to lose all of their games.

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Strange how that happened isn’t it. Will probably even out as season goes on.

          1. Pariße
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            It should, the sample size is extremely small, but last season was weird too.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What if they concede less shots?

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best captain from:

      A) Salah (lee)
      B) Lukaku (AVL)
      C) Ronaldo (NEW)

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Tough one. Normally Ronaldo, but god knows how he's going to be introduced.

      2. Guba
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Noone can really answer this, any or all of them can haul. Go with your gut to avoid regret.

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I am planning Lukaku.

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Avl have been in poor form and are now without Martinez and very good defender. Lukaku has his home debut. Ronaldo is bigger name and MU has more fan base, therefore bigger hype.

    • Pether
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'm always trying to avoid taking hit, but this is tempting me:

      Ings, Barnes, Fernandes -> Ronaldo, Torres, Traoré

      Is it worth -4?

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pretty.

        Why not keep Barnes for now though? No hit and you get Ronaldo and Traore

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Barnes .2 down already. No need to hurry him out after yesterday.

    • Pariße
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can Tonio cover Antoney?

    • Ppss90
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Tempted by a shaw downgrade to kierney and upgrade mane to salah. Any thoughts? What other defensive options- arsenal, wolves and leeds are a punt

      • footballfreak
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        who would you prefer from the following? and yeh know what y'all thinking about arsenal but they bound to start performing sooner or later. Wolves chances they created suggest the same thing.
        A.Sarr
        B.Pepe
        C.Saka
        D.Trincao
        E.Traore

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm thinking there's a case for waiting with WC until GW5, Sanchez has a good fixture GW4, and don't have to playe planned Leeds players against Liverpool. Can also wait with offloading Coufal and possibly Benrahma until after playing Southampton. Would mean taking a -4 this GW to get Ronaldo in, though. And I'm risking a couple of price drops on Lamptey and Omobamidele, which might sway my decision

        1. Guba
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          It's a no from me. The players mentioned aren't pressing enough for me for gw5.

      • Gazwaz80
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Are Amarteys days numbered due to the fact that Vestagaard and Evans back in training even though he’s also played as a R/B and D/M? Cheers…

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'd think so, but not certain until he is dropped.

          1. Gazwaz80
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers baps…

      • Don Rogers FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        had a reasonable start to season, current team:-

        Sanchez
        Digne Veltman Shaw
        Salah Fernandes (c) Son Benrahma ESR
        Antonio DCL

        Foster/Toney/ Tsimikas/ Livramento

        0.0 ITB 2 free transfers

        I'm not immediately looking to get Lukaku or Ronaldo but really want to get TAA and ship Tsimikas.

        Do I downgrade:- Salah, Fernandes or Son?

        Or is there another way?

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bruno out first.

      • gmando2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is Salah confirmed for GW4 yet or still in the balance?

      • Ppss90
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Any thoughts on this?

          shaw downgrade to kierney
          upgrade mane to salah.

          What other defensive options are their under 5?
          arsenal, wolves and leeds are a punt

          1. FlamingMoe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            semedo for wolves has great attacking potential and they have a good fixture run. Has also dropped to 4.9m so save a little