We continue our end of season review of some of the most notable players in Scottish football with a review of Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu’s season.
As with many Hearts players this season, Uche Ikpeazu’s season has been blighted by injury. He missed three months of the season with a foot injury which required surgery.
Despite this, he still managed to have a positive impact on the Tynecastle club’s season. He scored eight goals in 26 appearances, a more than decent record.
Whilst some might quibble with the number of goals scored, Ikpeazu does just as much good work holding up the ball as he does scoring goals.
Bad timing of injury
He was unfortunate when in a good run of form towards the end of the season, he suffered a hamstring injury and could only appear as a second-half substitute in the Scottish Cup Final.
Considering how close that game was, a fully fit Ikpeazu could have made a huge difference for Hearts that day.
The most important thing for the player is that he stays fit next season. If he does, Hearts could have a real chance of qualifying for Europe.
Next season could be a make or break one for Hearts boss Craig Levein. For him to build on the cup final performance he needs his best players available.
Ikpeazu is undeniably one of the players he will be counting on next season.