When I saw the team sheet this afternoon I wasn’t worried that Edouard and Hayes were playing, I was happy, the Gaffer knows what he is doing and showed his acumen for preferring our crucial Champions League tie to a game we are expected to win.
Both need to prove why Brendan has shown faith in them by bringing them to Paradise in the first place.
Edouard today was simply magnificent, the man who was thrown into the deep end against his parent club made easy work of Motherwell scoring a memorable Hattrick.
Hayes didn’t cover himself in glory but was solid throughout, that said when he was replaced by James Forrest and the difference was stark, Jamesie ripped them to shreds as the scoreline attests.
I wrote an article earlier this week James Forrest deserves a 10 in a row contract which I was initially a little worried about publishing such was the vitriol around his rejection of his contract extension under Ronny.
That said, we paid 1.3 million quid for Hayes and he hasn’t done anything since preseason, Forrest has done nothing but fight for the crest since Brendan arrived.
The change in attitude has been amazing.
With Odsonne, we have a player from a club well above our own pedigree, 12-1 on aggregate proves that.
That said, if he has to toil to get into our manager’s plans, you would think he would be a mile behind PSG’s 300 million pound forward line of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe.
In my opinion, Edouard and Forrest have long-term contracts at their feet, with loan Bhoy Edouard he has the potential to emulate Moussa in our forward line, with junior Celt Forrest, he may well have a contract that will give him the opportunity to go for 10 in a row.
Before we spend on unknown quantities, we should secure those who do a job for us.
Both these Bhoys showed they are well deserving of the strip they wear, they took us to 67 games unbeaten today.
Let’s hope they are around for many more.