Hearts boss Craig Levein has come to the defence of striker David Vanecek as the player has struggled to adjust to life in Scotland.

The January arrival has played seven times for the Jambos but has yet to find the net. He was subbed at half-time against Hamilton in his most recent appearance for the Tynecastle side.

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“I don’t put the responsibility solely on David. I needed to see how he would perform in the system we were playing” Levein told the Scottish Sun.

“I was hoping he might get a goal. He had a great chance before half-time when he hit the bar.”

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Vanecek looks unlikely to start for the Jambos when they take on Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final next month.

Uche Ikpeazu seems like the striker who will replace Steven Naismith in the Hearts side. Vanecek still has time to sort out his Hearts career.

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A goal against Hibernian, or even in the Scottish Cup final, will get the fans on his side. However, at the moment the player isn’t in good from at all.

His miss against Hamilton, when he hit the bar, sums up how things have gone for the player in Edinburgh. He has failed to live up to what was expected of him when he joined Hearts. There is still time for him to make a difference this season. But we will need to get scoring quickly for that to be the case.

 

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