He might not have played a full game since August- but Stephane Omeonga certainly didn’t look out of shape at the weekend according to Hibs manager Jack Ross.
The Belgian was recently brought back to Easter Road from Genoa on loan. After his debut appearance against Hamilton, Ross threw him in from the start against Motherwell.
Omeonga helped the Hibees grind out a 0-0 draw. It was a well-earned point and one that Hibs’ Belgian battler played every minute of, despite his last start coming in the summer.
For Ross though, he can already see great qualities coming from Omeonga. The Hibs manager was pleased with the Belgian’s Fir Park impact and believes he brings something different to his midfield.
“Omeonga has got good natural fitness levels but we have tried to ease him in,” said Ross. “He probably came on sooner than we expected midweek, playing the full second half.
“It was a big ask to get through the 90 minutes but he did that well. That’s the risk you have in the January window. Often you are recruiting players that haven’t been playing regularly.
“His natural fitness levels probably helped him with that. He gives us a different dynamic and that’s why we’ve brought him back to the club. He has a competitive nature about his play.
“He covers a lot of distance, makes tackles and wins second balls. Within the midfielders we have at the club, we felt he brings something different and he’s shown that I think over the game-and-a-half he’s played.”