Hibs have confirmed that winger Martin Boyle will be out of action for the ‘foreseeable future’. Could Hibs bring in Manchester City winger, and former loanee, Thomas Agyepong as his short-term replacement?
Boyle went down with a knee injury in Hibs’ recent clash with Elgin City. Now he faces another lengthy spell on the sideline, having just recovered from a troublesome knee injury.
Manager Paul Heckingbottom confirmed to Edinburgh Live shortly after a recent friendly defeat to Newcastle that Hibs were going back into the transfer market to find a replacement.
Would Agyepong provide suitable cover for Hibs?
Agyepong would be decent for Hibs short-term
Boyle will likely be sidelined till after Christmas. He’ll return after this period though, so Hibs don’t need someone to pen a permanent deal at the club just yet.
A six month loan deal would be enough for Heckingbottom just now. It provides cover for Boyle and doesn’t leave a player sitting on the bench once Boyle does make his injury return.
Agyepong spent last season on loan at Hibs, but injury prevented him from making an impact. He made just nine league appearances, four of them coming after the split.
The Daily Record have recently linked him with a move to Kilmarnock. They are also desperate for wingers, but does Hibs make more sense?
Given his recent injury problems, the likes of Kilmarnock may not want to gamble on the Manchester City wideman. On a short-term deal, however, Agyepong would be worth the risk.
In flashes last season the Ghanaian showed his raw pace and dribbling ability which convinced City to snap him up. Hibs don’t have that now without Boyle on the right, and if he could stay fit, Agyepong could deliver those qualities short-term.
Manchester City clearly don’t see him as a player with any future at the Etihad. He’ll likely have loan moves away from them until his contract expires or someone makes a permanent bid for him.
His ability to play on both flanks effectively is another plus for Heckingbottom.
He’s probably not going to be reliable cover over the course of a season. If City fancy sending him out on a short-term loan, and if the winger can stay fit, however, Agyepong would be good cover for Boyle short-term.