Craig Levein said recently that Hearts had finished their summer shopping (Edinburgh Evening News), and sure enough when deadline day came, the Jambos didn’t sign anyone.
Whilst every other team in the Premiership had either a coming or going on the last day of the window, nothing changed at Hearts.
They may be joint-bottom of the league, but Hearts have a really good squad. They just need to find form and fast before their season fully nosedives.
Levein was true to his word, but was it the right decision?
Hearts didn’t need deadline day reinforcements
In the goalkeeper department they have Joel Pereira, Colin Doyle and Zdenek Zlamal. Pereira is a strong number one, and as back-up options, Doyle and Zlamal are decent men.
At right-back they have Michael Smith and Jamie Brandon, with the latter very much a squad player, but still a decent option. Ben Garrucio is still to return from injury too.
In the centre of defence they are particularly strong, with John Souttar, Christophe Berra, Craig Halkett and Clevid Dikamona all useful options.
Left-back is another strong area. Young talent Aaron Hickey is thriving right now and the returning Aidy White has shown in flashes that he can be decent cover. Bobby Burns can play here too.
Right midfield is one area that could have been strengthened. Jamie Walker is the club’s only recognised senior right winger and he is injured at the moment.
In the engine room Hearts have plenty of talent. Andy Irving, Glenn Whelan and Sean Clare started the match against Hamilton, but they also have Loic Damour, Oliver Bozanic and Peter Haring when fit to call upon.
On the left of midfield Jake Mulraney is an obvious pick, with new boy Ryotaro Meshino able to play out there as well.
Up front Hearts could be doing with shifting some bodies. Conor Washington, Steven Naismith, Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean are just some of the options they have, and that’s not even detailing youth options like Aidan Keena.
Overall, Hearts probably didn’t need a new player. Their right wing problem can be solved for the moment by the likes of Sean Clare and Jake Mulraney. Other than that, they are pretty strong in every department.
Levein must show that this is the case with performances and results now.