Hearts man Sean Clare at this point probably doesn’t even know where he plays anymore. He’ll hope that a position change to a fixed place on the park helps him become a star at Tynecastle.
Craig Levein recently confirmed to the Scotsman that central midfield is where the ex-Sheffield Wednesday kid will play from now on. He has been utilised in many positions during his time in Gorgie.
It’s a great decision that will hopefully get the best out of the Englishman.
Attacking midfield is where Clare should play
With Arnaud Djoum now a free agent and unlikely to return and Levein confirming to the Edinburgh Evening News that Olly Lee may be moving on, Hearts are going to be without a few people in the midfield department.
Hearts already have plenty of midfield options outwith those two, but Clare can offer something different. He could become an out and out attacking midfielder.
The only two positions Clare hasn’t played in his career are left-back and centre-back. He has been utilised in every other position more than once outwith left wing according to Transfermarkt.
One of the main things that let Clare down last season was inconsistency. Given that he was played in various different positions by Levein last term, you can see why. He was never able to get going in one settled position.
A permanent midfield switch will help him flourish. Can he do the battling job Djoum has done for Hearts in the middle? No, but he could become a useful CAM.
Clare has good technical ability and given his experience as a centre forward, he knows where the goal is too. His defensive work will need improvement, so Levein should try and give him the freedom to play in the advanced playmaker role to make that problem less of an issue.
He’ll seemingly be playing in midfield this campaign. Levein has to make sure Clare stays in midfield so that he has a chance to gain some consistency and realise his Gorgie potential.