For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Next under the spotlight is Dunfermline’s Hearts loanee Harry Cochrane.
The youngster is starting to flourish in the Pars’ midfield. At East End Park, the teenager is getting the minutes that have decreased gradually at Tynecastle in recent months.
Back on form though, Recent comments point towards a big 2020 for Cochrane.
Fitness issues delayed Cochrane’s progress in the 2018/19 season. He made 8 senior appearances for the Jambos and they opted to send him to Stevie Crawford’s Pars for more regular minutes.
There’s no doubting his talent. Not everybody can burst onto the scene quite like Cochrane did at 16 but it was almost as if everything came a bit too quickly for him. This season though he’s performed well.
Grit, technical ability and a willingness to fight and scrap, Cochrane’s added strings to his bow in Fife. There’s more to him than fancy passes and driving runs, with the ability to drop deep and play now part of his game.
Crawford has been pleased with his progress. Speaking about Cochrane recently, the former Jambo said: “He came on at half time against Partick Thistle recently. The game was probably won in the first half but he came on and got on the ball.
“He took plenty of touches and then we went down to Ayr where I thought his performance was excellent. He kept Moffat and Kelly quiet and contributed in starting our attacks.
“He never hides from anything that’s thrown at him.”
Stendel’s Hearts calling for Cochrane
Crawford’s enjoying working with the Jambo teenager but it might not be for much longer. New Tynecastle boss Daniel Stendel has confirmed his intentions to see Cochrane himself.
In a recent interview with the Scotsman, Stendel explained that he wants Cochrane back in Gorgie: “I want to bring more young players into the squad. I want to see them in training to see what they can do.
“We have a few young players like Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald who are out on loan. We want them to train with us because I hear they have a lot of potential. I know they can’t play with us until at least January but I want to look at them in training.
“It is important to show young players that they will get the chance to show they can play in the first team here. I think it is important we are a club who improve and develop our young players and that we will give them a chance to play in the Premiership, that is the goal.”
It’ll be a blow for Crawford to here this but it’ll be a morale boost for Cochrane. In Stendel’s more attacking outfit, he sees Hearts’ midfield prodigy as part of his immediate plans.
Should this come to fruition, Cochrane has to make it count. Taking his traits from the Dunfermline experience and combining them with his already strong technical skills could see him become a Gorgie regular.
Stendel’s open to offering the 18-year-old a chance. Now Cochrane must answer his call and take 2020 as his chance to fulfill his potential as a Jambos regular.