In the wake of their draw with Hamilton, Christophe Berra has conceded that Hearts have underachieved for three years.
Their most recent failure was a 2-2 draw with Accies at Tynecastle, with the visitors perhaps unlucky not to take all three points. The result leaves them joint-bottom of the league.
Hearts finished fifth during 2017/18 and sixth last season, with a Scottish Cup final to boot. Berra admits that the side haven’t fulfilled their potential over the past few years.
He explained his reasoning to the Edinburgh Evening News : “At the moment, with the squad we have, we should be doing better. We have been underachieving.
“We got to a final and a semi-final last season but we have been underachieving for the last two or three seasons. We’ve improved the squad on paper but, at the moment, I just don’t know what it is.
“We’re not performing, simple as that. We deserve all the criticism we have had that comes our way and we just have to take it on the chin”.
Hearts captain Berra is right, Hearts have stalled for two seasons now
With the quality in their squad, Hearts should not be joint-bottom. Even with injuries to some key players, they still have useful outlets like Conor Washington, Jake Mulraney, Glenn Whelan and Craig Halkett.
They have toiled against Ross County and Accies in their opening home fixtures. With just two home wins all year and seven in the league since October last year, it may even be time for a managerial change at Tynecastle.
If they can hit form Hearts will motor up the league table, but we’ve said that for a couple of seasons now, proving Berra’s point. The Jambos’ progress has stalled in recent years.
The worse part of all this if your Jambo is there’s no end in sight. Form hasn’t picked up in almost a year now and it’s hard to see when it will.
It’s an honest statement from Berra and a damning one in light of recent failures. Results have to change urgently in Gorgie before the fans fully turn on all of those out on the park.