Patrick Vieira has told Odsonne Edouard to add ‘bite’ to his attacking threat in order to succeed at Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old scored a deft finish after a through ball from Jeffrey Schlupp as Palace edged past Oxford in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Edouard scored his first goal in 15 games for the Eagles and boss Vieira urged the former Celtic forward to keep growing to improve his finishing prowess.
“It’s what he needs to score goals, it will boost confidence,” said Vieira.
“He has to be more determined in the penalty area to have more bite.
“He’s a really, really talented player, he can do a lot of things with the ball at his feet and his movements are really good.
“We always have to ask more of him, we always have to ask him more.
“We as employees have to work with him to get the best out of him. We’re going to do half the step and he has to do the other half of the step to be consistent.”
Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty to gloss over the result on death in what proved tough for Karl Robinson’s organized and talented League One team.
Robinson was frustrated to see Jean-Philippe Mateta escape punishment from referee Peter Bankes for a clean elbow on John Mousinho.
“Wait ’til you see it, he swung his arm,” Robinson said.
“Well for me, we were beaten with tremendous grace tonight. You’ve seen teams from lower leagues try to beat up Premier League teams in the past.
“But we didn’t do that, we treated them with enormous respect.
“We didn’t change our game, we played our way and showed tremendous competence in our ball manipulation and our rotations.
“And to make sure that was missed, I had a call from PGMOL on Monday to apologize for the missed penalty and dismissal. And I’ll probably get another call tomorrow.
“But I’m very, very happy tonight and proud of my players. What a great night for our football club, from the way we played to the way we behaved; this performance was excellent.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/patrick-vieira-celtic-oxford-robinson-pgmol-b2151237.html Patrick Vieira says Odsonne Edouard ‘must be more determined inside the box’