To say that Hearts are active in a transfer window under Craig Levein is certainly an understatement. However, rather than focus on incomings, perhaps he ought to look at those that ought to leave Tynecastle temporarily or Gorgie for good.
At the start of his career in the capital, ‘Bobby’ looked as though he was a decent find for Craig Levein’s Hearts team. With the Jambos sat pretty at the top of the Premiership tree, the media were beginning to ask questions about how far the men in maroon could go.
But the Betfred Cup semi-final was probably the turning point in Bobby’s time at Tynecastle. The first of Hearts’ two cup defeats to Celtic last season, at Murrayfield, saw a Zlamal howler gift Celtic their second goal in a 3-0 victory.
This is probably the most noteworthy of a catalogue of errors whilst being the Jambos’ keeper. A move is needed to restore his confidence as Levein seems to fancy Manchester United loanee Joel Pereira and Colin Doyle, who has recently extended his Hearts deal.
In another match against Celtic, Harry Cochrane burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old wonderkid after opening the scoring in a 4-0 win over the Hoops. He may have helped end their British record of 69 domestic games unbeaten but last campaign saw him pick up a few injuries which have since halted his progress.
With several summer arrivals playing in the heart of midfield, game time may become an issue for young Cochrane. Therefore, if he is to maximise his outstanding potential, games should be coming thick and fast for the now 18-year-old to prove he’s worthy of a place at Hearts.
A youngster that was given a chance under Robbie Neilson, you could argue that Dario Zanatta is coming into crunch time of his Hearts career. The young Canadian arrived from Vancouver Whitecaps and has been around the houses in the lower leagues.
Various spells with Queen’s Park and Raith Rovers came before a solid stint at Jim Goodwin’s Alloa Athletic last season. But that seems to be his level and ultimately, he hasn’t done much to prove that he should be at a club with European aspirations. Still only 22, the time may come but it’s looking unlikely as of right now.
You could argue the very same for Craig Wighton. Often at the brunt of criticism from sections of the support in Gorgie, at the minute they have every reason to moan. After all, all he’s done is score in a pre-season friendly against Irish part-timers Shelbourne.
Down the pecking order, bought for an undisclosed fee, there’s something in Wighton that Levein must like the look of.
But places at Hearts have to be earned. Therefore it’s fitting that he ought to be loaned out to try and grab goals regularly elsewhere because it doesn’t look like happening at Hearts any time soon.
Same applies to Rory Currie. You get the feeling similar to Dario Zanatta, that his future lies in the lower leagues. Six league goals arrived in the third tier for East Fife last campaign but four of which were in as many matches. The 21-year-old should be given another loan spell to find his shooting boots and aid his development.