Date: 25th July 2011 at 10:46pm
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So – after a summer of events that would make most clubs cower under a bush, as a Hearts fans I’m sorry to say I expect it these days. Not that I expected the Thomson incidents, the initial Vlad response to that, or Ian Black to be up on cocaine charges or even that moving from Tynie would be back on the cards – but I expect incident and controversy these days. However, I’m not writing about that, lets talk football!

I had been pretty impressed by our transfer dealing up until a week or so ago. I expect John Sutton to be a great signing for us and think he and Stephen Elliott could be a good partnership when Kevin Kyle is unavailable. Taouil I’ve always liked, and Danny Granger should be good cover for leftback. We’ve started the season with Rudi still not signed, and (arguably worse) Lee Wallace has departed to Rangers. Best of luck to him there, but we’re pretty short defensively now. Webster is always an injury worry, Bouzzy has gone, and Craig Thomson – while rightly gone – wasn’t a bad player. How will the defence look now ? I guess Jonsson is to be RB, Grainger to LB, but there’s really not much competition – and I don’t see anyone like Ruben who would have been ready to fill in. For the first time in years, our atack looks stronger than the defence!

And Rudi not re-signing ? I really don’t understand this – after all he is still with the squad, but not signed in time for season start. He blew hot and cold, but was still a very, very big part of the good times last season. Regardless, the bookies have us 3rd for the season coming up. I’m unsure – we should have a great chance but unlikely to catch Rangers or Celtic (once again – although I know many people who said just that in both of the last 2 years!).

I’m looking forward to a mini Euro adventure and just hope the squad is up to speed already, Let’s hope Rudi signs up soon, and that either someone like McGowan steps up or another defender is dug up from somewhere.

With Saturday’s fine draw at Ibrox to build from, what are your hopes and concerns about this season ?

 

One Reply to “New season …. new hopes for Hearts”

  • Many thanks for posting the article through, ptown_jambo. Yes – the optimism over the signings took a hammering from the Craig Thomson affair (and aftermath). Not sure what to make of Ian Black – he has pled not guilty, hasn’t he ? So perhaps things aren’t quite what they seem there. I’m sad to see Lee Wallace go, espeically to Rangers – however once again, Hearts have done well to get 1.5m for a player. Will Matthew Park be recalled in January to add cover for Grainger, perhaps ? Hopefully the club will re-sign Rudi ASAP – we need his goals. A lot may rest on whether we make the group stages of Europa League – fingers crossed !!!

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