Hibs have looked pretty rusty in their opening League Cup clashes. The miss of two Hibs leaders in David Gray and Lewis Stevenson has been very visible.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side have picked up five points from their opening two League Cup clashes. They drew 1-1 with League Two Stirling Albion before edging Championship side Alloa 2-0.
They’ve not been at their best and the influence of Gray and Stevenson has been missed.
Gray and Stevenson are leaders for Hibs
In the final third is where Hibs have had the most problems. They’ve dominated possession against their lower league opponents, but once it gets near the 18 yard box, the attack seems to fall apart.
That’s not been the only issue though. On the whole there’s been a lack of urgency about the side. No Hibs players as of yet have stood up out on the park and tried to take responsibility during a match.
Gray and Stevenson bring that in their respective full-back roles. Steven Whittaker and Tom James have covered well for them playing wise, but they can’t match Gray and Stevenson in terms of overall influence.
They bring energy and leadership to the team. Hibs have missed those components and it’s hard to see where else they’ll get them from.
It’s unlikely either will be fully fit for the Premiership kick-off either.
Heckingbottom needs to iron out some flaws in his Hibs side. He’ll be desperate for Gray and Stevenson’s return, as he misses their influence and leadership out on the park when they are both unavailable.