Aaron Hickey played exceptionally well in his first two Hearts starts against Celtic. He performed admirably at Parkhead before limiting James Forrest in the Scottish Cup final.
He looks to be one for the future, possibly even the present. Jambos boss Craig Levein seems to trust his young full-back out on the left side of defence, which has been a problematic area this term.
The youngster looks good, however, that doesn’t mean Levein shouldn’t look at left-back signing options.
Hickey needs let into the side slowly
When Harry Cochrane first burst onto the scene with his goal against Celtic in the 2017/18 season, he made a total of 25 appearances that campaign.
He only made eight appearances in total this season though, with Cochrane being plagued with fitness issues that were creeping in towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
The young midfielder was clearly burnt-out and Hearts have to avoid this with Hickey. His position means he has to be constantly up and down the park, playing a tiring role in Levein’s setup.
Outwith Hickey, the Jambos have one natural left-back in Aidy White. Given he hasn’t played since 2017, he can’t be considered a reliable option.
One of their main priorities this summer should be identifying a left-back, preferably with experience, who can be almost like a mentor the young Jambo.
At just 16-years old just now, the physical demands of SPFL football will take their toll on Hickey if he is deployed too often. Levein has to find another left sided defender to avoid another youth star burning out.