Hearts striker Steven MacLean has praised Manchester City loanee Ryotaro Meshino following his instant Gorgie impact.

After his debut against Hamilton, the Japanese attacker has excelled for Craig Levein. He scored in the match against Motherwell and played starring roles in victories over Aberdeen and Hibs.

Thriving in Edinburgh. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

MacLean says the City loanee has been a breath of fresh air around Gorgie.

He told the Herald (sport, page 5, 02/10/19): “You don’t know how a player is going to adjust at times – but he’s robust and he has a lot of quality.


“In and around the box, he’s lightning and he has no back-lift in his shots so he gets them away quickly. He’s definitely got a bit of quality.”

Meshino has given Hearts a lift and MacLean is clearly impressed

In attack anyway, Meshino has given the Jambos a bit of a positive boost. His pace and trickery have been hard to deal with at times for Premiership defences.

A promising start. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As MacLean points out, Meshino could have started slowly. He is still adapting to completely new surroundings, having only recently moved from Japan to the UK.

He signed for City in August following a stint at Gamba Osaka and the Citizens have sent him to Gorgie for experience. It’s early days yet, but it seems like both the player and the clubs involved are benefitting from this move.

MacLean is clearly a fan anyway and we’ve not even seen the best of this exciting talent yet most likely.

Meshino only recently swapped City for Hearts. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That can only be a good thing for Hearts fans.

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