Uk news I fear Hearts players aren't good enough for Premiership says Ryan Stevenson PremierLeague-News.Com
MetiNews.Com - The former Jambos star wants more and believes Robbie Neilson will show his ruthless streak in the search of improvements.
Breaking News ! It was another poor result for Hearts at the weekend off the back of a bad performance at Queen of the South. I was speaking to Robbie Muirhead who plays for Morton and he said Hearts huffed and puffed but didn’t really do much. They had a lot of possession in the first half but didn’t really go anywhere with it. That’s exactly what they did against Queen of the South and like that game, drawing 1-1 at home with Greenock Morton is a poor result. The way it looks just now, Hearts are doing enough and no more. They’ve obviously got a healthy lead but they’re doing just enough to get by. Obviously it's difficult circumstances with no fans so it must be difficult to play under them, but at the same time you don’t want the season to peter out. Read More Related Articles Robbie Neilson insists Hearts' new signing Aaron McEneff will shine as he issues Andy Irving contract update I expect Hearts to win the Championship and win it comfortably, but I’m sure the fans will be looking for a bit more than what they’re getting right now. I can’t see anyone else in the division putting a run together that’s going to threaten them, which is a positive for Hearts. The last time they won this league, there were other teams that could have got close to them but they don’t have that this time. The biggest thing for me is if they do just stumble across the line, are the players there good enough to not just go and stay in the top flight, but good enough to finish at the top end? That’s what I imagine the manager will be looking at. He’ll be preparing for being in the Premiership next year. (Image: SNS Group) Playing Greenock Morton at home, they should be absolutely smashing them. That’s the bottom line. They should be winning at a canter and they’re not and the result before that was poor too. If I was the manager, there’d be questions over whether the squad is good enough to go into the Premiership next season. Hearts can’t just be looking at the top six; they need to be looking at the top four and the jury’s out for me whether that group of players can actually go and do that. Robbie’s a good manager and if you’d offered him this at the start of the season, he’d have taken it. Read More Related Articles Robbie Neilson rues Hearts' 'ach it will come' mindset as he demands ruthless streak after Morton draw No matter how they’ve played, they are where they are and are doing what’s needed. Let’s not get it wrong, he’s a ruthless manager. If there are decisions to be made, he’ll make them if they’re good, bad or indifferent.
. The last thing you want to do is spend a year in the Championship with Hearts and then be on a shoogly peg. If I’m a player, I’m making sure I'm absolutely flying in the Championship, I’m going to score goals and play well week in, week out so that when we go back up, the manager’s going to trust me and back me to play in the Premiership.
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There’s a lot of question marks above a lot of the players’ heads right now. One player who’s proved himself at the top table is my mate Jamie Walker and I was delighted to see him get his 50th Hearts goal. He’ll have been disappointed to be on the bench but he did the right thing by coming on and scoring. For any player to get 50 goals is some feat - especially getting his 50th with his head which was quite strange! There’s no doubt he can play in the Premiership but as I said a couple of weeks ago, it’s about getting that consistency and I’m sure at his age, he can go and get another 20, 30, 40 goals for the club.
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Speaking of Hearts goalscorers, I have to send my best wishes to John Robertson as he goes through a tough time. It’s also refreshing to see a club put the person first rather than results. Inverness are a good club. Ross County as well, they have a different way of managing their clubs. When you go up there, they’ve always got a good feel about them. The people up there are a wee bit more laid back than we are down in the central belt. At the end of the day we’re all humans and as much as football’s important, family life comes first. Robbo came in to do a bit of coaching during my last season at Hearts and he was never shy of telling me he was good at scoring goals and how far behind him I was!
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I remember I was on a wee bit of a purple patch against Hibs and he’d come in to sign a strip for me - I’ve actually still got it in the house. He put on it: “Great run of goals against Hibs Stevo...you’re still 16 behind me!” and signed it “from Robbo”. It’s up on the wall and I’ll be thinking of the wee man.
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