With 12 first-team departures already confirmed, Hibs are set for a revamp under Paul Heckingbottom.
12 months is a long time in football and so it has proved for the Easter Road side. This time last year they looked set to push on from an impressive return to the Premiership under Neil Lennon.
Now they are under the stewardship of former Leeds boss Heckingbottom and Lennon is at Celtic once again, having been bombed out of Easter Road in January.
The Hibees were eighth when their new boss came in. They managed a fifth place finish in the end, leap-frogging city rivals Hearts and even mounting an unlikely push for European football.
Hibs improved drastically, winning at Tynecastle for the first time in six years and playing a decent brand of football. They tailed off a bit as the season came to a close, but none the less, it has been an encouraging start under Heckingbottom.
Hibs face a summer of change
The split showed that Hibs need improvements. They didn’t win a single game, drawing twice and losing three times. Heckingbottom lacked a bit of cutting edge that could have seen Hibs take games to their opponents.
Heckingbottom has got rid of the deadwood at the club, but has also lost a couple of key players. Loanee’s Marc McNulty and Stephane Omeonga were mainstays in the second half of the season. Bringing them back will be high on the wish list.
Hibs have a small squad as it stands just now, paving the way for a Heckingbottom rebuild. The Hibees need pace in the final third, which was lacking in the final few games, a creative spark and a physical powerhouse in front of the defence.
With the defensive back-line getting into the twilight years of their careers, defensive reinforcements are needed too. Bringing in a clinical striker also has to be high on the agenda.
It’s an exciting time for Hibs fans. If the club bring in the right people, optimism will be high come the start of the new campaign. It’ll be interesting to see how different Heckingbottom’s squad will look come August.