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Is This 22-Year-Old Player Good Enough For The New Newcastle?

Newcastle have been linked with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for some time now.

And there are reports every day with players the new Newcastle, under new owners, will go after this summer.

And that’s one of the things that seems to be upsetting owner Mike Ashley, in addition to the time it’s taking for the Premier League to OK the deal: the takeover is currently going through the owners and directors test.

Arsenal are the other big club interested in the 22-year-old French U21 striker, who has scored 62 goals in 126 games for Celtic over the last three seasons.

But the Scottish Premiership is a much different kettle of fish (so to speak) than the England Premier League.

And it’s always difficult to know how players who are successful north of the border will fare in the Premier League.

22-year-old Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

The Chronicle have a piece out today on transfer expert Ian McGarry, who has been talking on the Transfer Window podcast:

This is some of what he said about Edouard:

“He has been attracting interest from a lot of clubs, mainly in the Premier League but also in Europe as well.”

“A player who has been instrumental this season in Celtic’s rise to be 13 points ahead of Rangers as things stand.”

“There is interest from Newcastle United who are determined to make sensible investments regarding player recruitment.”

“That’s rather than using the scattergun approach which other Premier League clubs who have been taken over and invested in by nation states or indeed wealthy individuals have used.”

“Edouard is valued at £40M by Celtic but of course in this current market they’re unlikely to achieve that kind of figure for the player.”

“Newcastle are still waiting for their takeover to be confirmed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund but are very keen to take Edouard, partly on the basis that he is someone who wants to play football every week.”

“He and his representatives have stated to interested parties that he doesn’t want to go to a club where he will be second or third choice, he wants to develop his career in a very constructive and progressive way.”

“Money is not the be-all and end-all at this stage in his career and also obviously a move from Glasgow to Newcastle for the France striker would not be as much as a shock I suspect.”

The player we need this summer who will make Newcastle instantly a better side is a good prolific striker.

Newcastle have really missed Salomon Rondon this season, and he moved to join former manager Rafa Benitez at Chinese Super Club Dalian.

We have been creating chances this season and manager Steve Bruce has introduced a more attacking style this year and certainly the team has looked good as a counter-attacking side.

But we haven’t been able to put the ball into the back of the net enough times during games with only 25 goals in our 29 league games,.

Maybe Edouard would be the one to do that, but there has to be some doubt about that.

But the player is young and certainly the best years are ahead of him.

He started his career at PSG and eventually moved to Celtic permanently in the summer of 2018.

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243 comments so far

  • Mund

    May 13, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Irishrob fair play mate you admitted where you went wrong and I do understand more now why you were saying what you were saying.

    Like all of us we are sick to the back teeth of all of this.

    It’s so frustrating but I guess it always has been with being a toon fan. I know how you feel mate just hang in a little more

  • bill

    May 13, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Bus moved quickly!

  • bill

    May 13, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Hardly enough time to secure the #CANS

  • IrishRob

    May 13, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers Mund, I want it done as much as anyone, that’s what kills me! People on here think theres an agenda to be proved right, which isnt true, I couldn’t give a fu*k if I’m right or wrong. But I want to be able to give my opinion on it without being attacked just because it’s not what people want to hear.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 13, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    My opinion on the various ‘stories’ being bandied about;

    PIF want to back out…

    If that’s true whoever put the £17M deposit in, loses it. Plus, MA will probably have a claim for the full agreed price especially if the pull out is before the FA turn the deal down.

    Result – legal and financial carnage and massive loss of face for MBS and PIF.

    Possibility of this happening IMO – ZERO.

    Ashley wants to back out.

    It will be contested by the consortium, go to court and MA would lose.

    Result – he’ll have to pay back the £17M and the consortium’s legal fees plus face a massive claim for breach of contract running into £Millions..

    Possibility of this happening IMO – ZERO.

    FA turn the deal down

    MA will almost certainly keep the £17M deposit (that will be in the legal terms of the deal).+ massive loss of face and reputation for the consortium.

    Result – The consortium will challenge the FA’s decision in court, claim the £17M + all of their legal costs on the deal + a mountain of other costs related to not owning the club.

    The FA, like it or not, will face massive legal costs and potential financial ruin if they lose.

    Possibility of this happening IMO – ZERO.

    That’s why IMO this deal is guaranteed to go ahead.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    You must mean Shogun as Musashi starts a bit slow.
    Shogun is an amazing book and wouldn’t do you any harm to watch a few clips of the eighties mini series to give you a better picture of the scenery and characters.

  • JDdubai

    May 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Edouard, Dembele and Jovic were the 3 young-ish CFs i would shortlist. Probably Edouard last of the 3 only because the Scottish league is so inferior.

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 13, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The PL wouldn’t have much credibility if it started rewriting rules ad-hoc based on unfounded complaints. It took government pressure to get the PL to include naming directors with 10% plus stake. The other leagues didn’t comply using gdpr as their getout. So you can see they aren’t going to start chiselling new wooly provisos i – the legality would take months and months to approve and the possibility of litigation if they messed it up would be high.

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 13, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail I thought you’d gone to get yourself, the missus and the “guard” dog furloughed there 😀

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 13, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    CARLTOON@5 prev
    Yes they supply arms to the Saudis so they can flatten Yemen

  • Hal

    May 13, 2020 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11


    Yes Shogun, sorry should have said. I sort of remember that mini series. I’ll have to re watch it.

  • Mund

    May 13, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12


    That’s totally fair mate and it is a blog after all it’s made for opinions.

    I’ve mellowed out as I get older (38) I’ve got 3 kids and Newcastle United is a big part of my life. I say this because I took things regarding the club badly when anything went wrong. The missus and my kids suffered because my emotions would be everywhere. But as I’ve got older I’ve learnt to focus on the positive things in life not the negative or let the past rule my future.

    To be fair I don’t know how I’m staying calm in this well kinda but I believe in everything inside me that this going to happen.

    Everything what gets to the media is click bait it’s hard not to get effected by this stuff because of all the false dawns, it’s easier to accept the worst option than the better one.

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    were are you getting this information from about the length of the test carried out by the PL, they don’t publish their finding and definitely don’t put out any time scale on any inquiries they have carried out,
    “that has historically taken 2 weeks with other takeovers” ???

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 13, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Bulls son – the FA?

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 13, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Ha ha autocorrect on fire today Bills Son.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 13, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    With our NDA’s combined with Project Restart being the most important matter for the Premier League right now, there was always going to be a delay in this deal being signed off. The silence means nothing.

    Unfortunately, in this country, the media can’t operate in silence. They have to write something. They have to speculate. As do social media accounts claiming inside knowledge. None of them know anything. It is all just click bait.

    As we all know, a majority of the press have enjoyed writing about ‘the soap opera’ at Newcastle for years. The club has constantly filled newspaper columns for off the field stories. Despite the love for our fans, the press love mocking the club itself. Our current owner has been gold dust for them. Story after story. The fact that this could all end very soon scares them.

    When PIF take over the club, and they will, there will no doubt be a further year of the press writing off the field stories about what is happening in Saudi Arabia. They will attempt to burst our bubble at every turn.

    When Man City were taken over, they were subjected to a similar attack from the press. Nobody took the club seriously, until the top players started arriving in year two and three. Once the club started playing football that was easy on the eye, the bias ended, and the club were taken seriously. The same will happen at Newcastle.

    Other clubs in the Premier League will of course be threatened by this deal, so they will do everything to complain about it. It threatens the entire power structure and wage bill of the league. The top players will look to Newcastle, not London. And that is a major problem for the London press and clubs.

    None of this is something that should worry us. Their complaints and piracy rumblings have nothing to do with the test done by the Premier League. The league is on its knees right now and desperately needs an injection of cash. There is no way this deal will be blocked or turned down.

    If we were not in lockdown, this deal would have been signed off weeks ago. Everything is slower right now, why should our deal be any different.

    The Ashley era is over. PIF are taking over Newcastle and no amount of press or club rivalry can stop it.

  • Mund

    May 13, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Captain put earlier that we were only a couple of days over how long it took the test for the owners of Man City.

    If that’s true and with the pandemic and project restart it’s not actually a bad time frame.

    It was always going to be like this with the sale of Newcastle United hasn’t the years of being a fan not shown anyone this.

    Never easy being a toon fan

  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    ” We have been creating chances this season and manager Steve Bruce has introduced a more attacking style this year and certainly the team has looked good as a counter-attacking side”

    We’ve just finally moved to a back 4 for the last 3 games after 30 as a back 3! Stats would suggest we create very very few chances.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 13, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    We should have went for him before we went for Joelinton!

    He’s got everything have watched him a lot up here Celtic have a good export record of players doing well once they get a move to England

    He reminds me Demba Ba in the way he plays hes physical , presses , holds the ball up well and is clinical in front of goal

    Get him, Rondon back as experienced backup and another pacy striker and we would have a frontline that a club of our size should have even without the Saudi Billions

  • Our Toon

    May 13, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Irish rob

    Retrospective action would open up a can of worms for PL, they’d get sued to no end and it’ll cost them more in long run. It’s a non starter, Southampton takeover took 6 months btw so 2 weeks or even 4 weeks is for normal situations, this is far from normal.

    I’ve no doubt you want this takeover to go through and understand your concerns but I also feel you latch onto any type of negative reporting and get overly worried about it.

    Saudi’s wont be delaying the process, if that was the case they’d lose 17m and along with it Ashley would pull the plug and move onto someone else.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21


    You make a good case there in those scenarios and I really want to believe that.

  • the white tino

    May 13, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Irish nob see your a pile of jelly on the floor again lol, get a spine will you, you don’t know what’s going on same as journalists just making stories up, pleased to see I’m not the only one thinks your a hormonal teenager. I challenge you to pick which side of the fence your on and stick to it?? Your over that fence 2or3 times a day

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    i honestly don’t think this kid will be on our shopping list with the new owners are in place,

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 13, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    The Saudi government is having to tighten its financial belt, tripling vat (still only 15%) and scrapping living supplements so i believe.
    But they’ve still got the billions in the PIF fund to fall back on and their jewel in the crown… Aramco, which is worth 1.5t approx.
    Fingers and everything else crossed… not long now?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    I really don’t get how people have managed to convince themselves that we started playing better football on the strength of two games.

  • Our Toon

    May 13, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26


    Spot on, we are a few days behind how long it took for citeh takeover to be announced. Since then the process has changed, we have a global pandemic, a league which is meeting to sort out project restart. The list goes on and on, we achieve nothing by worrying about it, be patient and all will be revealed!!

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 13, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Lee, yeah but Ba scored goals

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #28

    ourtoon/mund wise words from both of you

  • Mund

    May 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon

    That is certainly the way mate to be fair it’s the only option, we either be patient and positive or negative and lose our minds.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I know there’ll be an explosion of news either way but where will it be first announced?

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #31

    the didn’t convince themselves ,Bruce’s mates in the press did that for him,

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #32


  • Mund

    May 13, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail you would of thought official Newcastle site. I think there will be a joint statement between both parties released on a platform of there choosing

  • the Northumbrian

    May 13, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Wonder who that was who’s just flown into Newcastle in a private plane from Croydon airfield, wish I knew someone who works at the airport

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2020 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    The Prince’s Mate “The Saudi government is having to tighten its financial belt, tripling vat (still only 15%) and scrapping living supplements so i believe.”

    Another way to read it is that they wanted to modernise their economy, get their population off its backsides and into work and bring their sales tax into line with Western economies, but knew it would prove unpopular with their citizens.

    In that scenario, CV19 is a handy excuse to do it.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 13, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Did anyone else hear last week that the Chines FA are suggesting that if players want to leave due to CV fears they can without penalty on either side? That would be surprising as the clubs have bought them (Players). Anyway did anyone else hear this or am i getting stir crazy?

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #37

    tweet from mark douglas
    or Mike Ashley should be obliged to say something. I deliberately say Ashley and not the club because I do think many very good people who work for #nufc would like to say something (or even be told themselves).

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 13, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    One good thing about this takeover distraction is we haven’t had to endure the tosh about Bruce’s fantastic game management versus the prospect of his inevitable car wreck.

  • Australian Pie

    May 13, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    This is the first day I’ve really gotten annoyed about this takeover not being announced. Does this happen to any other clubs haha, why can’t we just have a super smooth quick takeover.

    I won’t care one bit once it goes through but it’s for sure taking its time!

  • IrishRob

    May 13, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Man citys took 2 weeks to be performed which before you say it has nothing to do with the fact the needed their takeover to be rushed. The PL are not gonna rush their process for anyone so that part of their takeover I.e the 2 week time frame should be the same for us, even under these circumstances atm it shouldn’t IN MY OPINION be taking 3 times longer. If were to believe the tests started when they did then its 6 weeks in.

    Ye cant say one minute the test is going on 6 weeks then argue somone else that no one knows how long its supposed to take, like two others have done on here this morning, not u Hibbit.

    Also Bill’s why are you pretending that you know the stipulations of the deposit when none of us do. You do realise that if the premier league cancel the takeover then no one loses anything and no one has to pay anything. The deposit is in place to stop owners and sellers walking away, but it wont be affected if there is grounds to stop the deal legally as long as it has nothing to do with the buyers and or sellers.

    But even then there could be a myriad of stipulations in the deal that would have scenarios which allow the deposit to be returned.

    Ye shoot me down for supposition then use clear and obvious supposition yourselves to come up with your conclusions and everyone hearts them because they are what people want to read.

    I swear the hypocrisy on here is laughable sometimes.

    Everyone should be entitled to their opinion without being bullied and laughed at, which so many of ye seem to revel in doing to me for mine.

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