Hearts are only two games away from winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in seven years. A cup victory would be huge for the Tynecastle side, it would get them back into Europe and also be a first trophy won by manager Craig Levein.

If Hearts to win the cup, one player in particular will be key to the Hearts cause. Uche Ikpeazu.

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Ikpeazu hasn’t scored that many goals this season for a striker. He only has five goals in 19 appearances for the Jambos.

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But he is vital to the way that the Tynecastle side play. He is superb at holding the ball up and bringing other players into attack. His strength is also a key attribute, he is able to create chances for himself out of nothing.

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His importance to Hearts is set to become even more important, when you consider that Steven Naismith will miss the semi-final against Inverness and is a doubt for the final, should Hearts reach that game.

It might be worth using the player sparing between now and the semi-final. Perhaps keep him on the bench for all the league games aside from the derby against Hibernian.

That might be a bit of a gamble. But if it results in Scottish Cup glory for Hearts it will have been more than worth it.

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