15 October 2019 20:49
It is fair to say that Odsonne Edouard is enjoying his time at Celtic more than he enjoyed his time at PSG. "I'm having fun, I'm sticking in goals, and earning playing time. "At PSG, I did not have the chance to have a lot so obviously I could not show what I was worth. As outlined above, it is the chance to play football on a regular basis that has been so appealing to Edouard abut his time in Glasgow. He has played regularly for the Hoops since completing a £9 million deal to become Celtic's highest transfer fee of all time.
Edouard has gone on to become an ever better striker at Celtic than he was when he first joined the club. As long as he is applying regularly for the Hoops, it seems like the player will be happy, and there is little chance of Neil Lennon dropping him any time soon. It's hard to see how taking on Switzerland on their own patch could be anything other than a seriously daunting experience for Ireland but Enda Stevens will be only too happy to be back in the thick of things in Geneva tonight. Having fallen victim to the yellow peril the last time the Irish faced the Swiss — picking up his third card of the campaign for a high boot in the game in Dublin in September — the Sheffield United left-back was confined to a watching brief for Saturday's scoreless draw with Georgia. "No, you're kicking every ball and you're more anxious watching it than you would be playing it," he says.
"They have a way of playing and sometimes we found it difficult in the Aviva but second half we played a lot better than in the first half and got to grips with how they played. "We've always finished games strongly," Stevens observes. Don't get me wrong, we still want to get the first goal as early as possible and take the lead but we're always confident and we are a threat from set-pieces. We hit the post in the first few minutes on Saturday and it was a great header from Eegs (his club mate John Egan). "If that had gone in you would have seen a different game then.
That was the disappointing thing — that we didn't build on that chance like we should have done. And we still came away with the best chances of the game." "Aaron has put himself in the manager's thoughts and that's what you want," says Stevens. As for Ireland's hopes of qualifying directly from this group, Stevens is very clearly a man of the glass half-full persuasion, with two games left to play and one victory required. "The positive thing is it's in our hands and we're well capable of going away and getting a result," he insists. "We're still unbeaten and we have put ourselves in a great position with two games left. We know it's going to be difficult against Switzerland but every game in this group has been difficult, it's not been easy for us. Sylvain Ripoll has paid tribute to red-hot Odsonne Edouard after the striker's goal-laden start to life with France's U21 side. The Celtic hero has scored six times in three matches for his country - netting a double in each game for Les Espoirs during Euro 2021 qualifying. Edouard, dubbed 'Monsieur Doubles' in his homeland, will get the chance to go in search for more goals when his side take on Slovakia on Tuesday night. "He has an incredible pace and has the happy habit of scoring goals at important moments in the game for club and country. Edouard has netted 15 goals for club and country this season and has established himself as Neil Lennon's player for all occasions for his club. Edouard said: "I'm having fun, I'm sticking in goals, and earning playing time. "At PSG, I did not have the chance to have a lot so obviously I could not show what I was worth. "Now that I have a lot more playing time, I take this opportunity to demonstrate my qualities." It has been such a good year for new releases that judges of the 2019 Booker Prize could not pick just one winner. The story picks up 15 years after her seminal novel and promises a new look into the dystopian world. "The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control," says The Guardian. Experimental writer and Londoner Bernardine Evaristo shared this year's Booker Prize, becoming the first black woman to win. "If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read," says the New Statesman, calling the book "a story for our times". "A startling, compelling historical debut that should be on top of your vacation reading pile," says The Washington Post. It "has come in for high praise from veterans of crime fiction", says the New Statesman. "The first of three novels in James' Dark Star trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf fuses mythology, fantasy, and African history into a sensual, psychological triumph," says Esquire. "Regardless of where you stand on the issue, you'll want to see why one of Facebook's biggest champions became one of its fiercest critics," says Business Insider. When author and journalist Dexter developed an eye condition that made reading or looking at a computer screen painful, he was unable to continue writing for a living. The author of Capital "has always made Britain, or the British abroad, his subject", says The Guardian, and "now he recasts our country as a frigid fortress, where national service and a diet of 'turnips, turnips, fucking turnips' are endured with a needs-must stoicism". The Times calls it a "cracking adventure and an astute political fable", while the London Evening Standard says "the novel expertly touches on the most pressing issues of our time - migration, political unrest and climate change – and acts as a warning for what could come". Now, the author has written a new collection of stories that explores the complex - and often darkly funny - connections between gender, sex, and power across genres, says the newspaper. The stories are probably best enjoyed one or two at a time, says The New York Times, as they "are stylistically consistent, but thematically so distinct that reading them felt like binge-watching 12 completely different, intense movies". McEwan's latest novel "asks what it means to be human by taking us to an alternative 1980s London, where Britain has lost the Falklands war and Alan Turing is developing artificial intelligence, and a young couple are caught up in a love triangle with a synthetic being", says The Guardian. A winner of the prestigious Lambda Literary Award, Dennis-Benn's long-awaited second book does not disappoint; Patsy is a "profound book about sexuality, gender, race, and immigration that speaks to the contemporary moment through the figure of a woman alive with passion and regret", says Kirkus Reviews. From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes City of Girls, an innovative novel about a young woman who becomes a seamstress for the showgirls of a "charmingly disreputable" revue theatre in 1940s Manhattan after getting kicked out of college. In her debut novel, Stevens explores jealousy through the story of Ella, who becomes a nanny to a wealthy couple in New York City's Upper East Side, starting a mutual obsession with the child's mother. Author Julie Buntin describes Stevens as a "significant new talent", adding: "I read this story of obsession, friendship, and betrayal with my heart in my throat, captivated by Ella's increasing absorption into the privileged lives of the couple who hires her."