Naismith is a terrific option and a smart bit of business from Heckingbottom.
Naismith could be Hibs’ best signing
Perhaps they needed a left-back more than a right-back, but even so, this is still a good deal for Hibs. Naismith is a brilliant defender who will do well for the Hibees.
He had an excellent season with Ross County before making the move south of the border. The right-back has all the traits to become a very good Hibs player.
Naismith’s a hard worker and will get up and down the line all day. He is also very comfortable at the back, with decent awareness and positioning big parts of his game.
In style, he is very much like the injured Gray. Whilst Hibs will still miss their captain’s influence, they perhaps won’t miss him as much out on the park now, as Naismith is an identical player.
What might be the biggest factor is his SPFL experience. Heckingbottom has brought in nine players this summer, but only Scott Allan and Glenn Middleton have played in Scotland before.
It’s partly why many new Hibees have struggled early on, as they are trying to adapt to a new league. It’s no coincidence that Allan is the only signing to have started brightly for Hibs.
Naismith shouldn’t have such problems, having played 175 games in Scotland across spells at St Mirren, County, Morton and Cowdenbeath (Transfermarkt).
This is a very good signing for Hibs. On the face of it, he could be their best signing of the summer window.