According to the Daily Record, Arnaud Djoum will not play for Hearts again, as he has ‘agreed’ a two-year deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Raed. Does this open the door for a potential Hearts swoop for Youssouf Mulumbu?
Djoum was decent overall for the Jambos, but some fans have grew tired of him as he has stalled over his future. On the pitch, even though he was inconsistent, Djoum was brilliant to watch when he was at the races.
It looks like he’s off to Saudi Arabia though. Recently departed Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu would be a great replacement.
Mulumbu could help Hearts kids
The Hearts midfield is packed to the rafters, even when you don’t include Djoum. The argument could be made that there isn’t a need to bring in a new midfielder.
I recently wrote about why Kilmarnock should move for him. Hearts are another SPFL team though that should move for him. It’s not just the battling qualities Mulumbu is known for that makes him a decent signing, it’s the things he could do for Hearts’ young midfielders too.
Craig Levein has a number of young midfielder at the club. Mulumbu could act like a mentor for them. The DR Congo international could line up in midfield alongside a youngster in Harry Cochrane, Andy Irving or Connor Smith, leading by example.
They would develop some of Mulumbu’s qualities off the back of it too. It would be brilliant for the likes of Irving to learn their trade with a man who’s made over 150 English Premier League appearances.
He’d be a straight replacement for Djoum also. For all that he brings, Levein should try and rival others for Mulumbu’s signature.