Arnaud Djoum’s Hearts career looks like it has reached its conclusion. The midfielder is currently a free agent following the expiry of his Hearts deal and the chances of him signing a new one are slim.
A decision will be made soon now that his nation Cameroon have exited the African Cup of Nations. The Daily Record recently reported that the midfielder has agreed a move to Saudi Arabia with Al-Raed.
The Cameroonian has taken far too long to decide on his future and it has irked some Hearts supporters. The midfielder clearly holds his footballing ability in higher regards than Hearts.
That being said, Djoum has still been a good servant at Tynecastle.
Djoum’s been decent for Hearts
The 30-year-old arrived at Tynecastle in 2015 from Lech Poznan. He has went on to make 132 appearances for the Jambos, scoring 15 times and assisting on 18 occasions.
On his day Djoum can control the pace of a game. He can get his foot down and play, with his passing ability and calmness on the ball real positives for Hearts.
His biggest flaw is inconsistency. For every great game Djoum has, you can almost guarantee another three bad ones are about to follow.
At the start of his Hearts career Djoum was played everywhere from CDM to right wing. He scored his first goal in maroon against Hamilton at Tynecastle, with Osman Sow putting it on a plate for the Cameroonian to finish.
He has scored all types of goals in maroon. From headers to tap ins, and the odd 25 yard screamer against Hibs, Djoum is decent in front of goal when he has to be.
His recent performances have left much to be desired, but fans should still remember the impact Djoum has made at Tynecastle. To play over 100 games in Gorgie is no mean feat. For all of his flaws, Djoum really is a special player on his day.
Does he deserves a new deal in Gorgie after stalling on his future for so long? Probably not, but after nearly four years of Jam Tarts service, and given the fact he is 30 now, he deserves a big payday.