Paul Heckingbottom has explained why new summer signing Joe Newell could become that extra bit of creativity Hibs are looking for.

Newell arrived in Leith from Rotherham last month. He is primarily a left midfielder.

Newell was most recently at Rotherham. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

His new manager believes he can add something different to the attacking force Hibs have assembled.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, Heckingbottom said: “Stevie Mallan, Scott Allan and Fraser Murray can all deliver right-footed, but Joe has a lovely left foot. He can make things happen in the final third.


“We’ll keep pushing him to get better and play with a real energy in his game because that’s the way we want to play and why we signed him.”

Newell could be a Hibs difference maker

Having an extra string in his Hibs bow will very important for Heckingbottom and he can add that with Newell. He offers something a bit different than the rest of the Hibees attack can.

Heckingbottom will want all the attacking quality he can get his hands on. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If Hibs are struggling down the right, they can get the ball over to the left with Newell for something different.

Just the fact he’s left-footed means the defence his side are up against have to think differently about how to defend against him.

He provides Hibs with an attacking outlet from the left, whilst others can provide from the right. It means Heckingbottom can attack the box from both sides with ease.

Newell is great with the ball. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)

Whilst he is inconsistent at times, Newell is a great player on his day. He can cut open a defence with ease with his left foot. What he doesn’t have in pace is made up for with technical ability.

Easter Road supporters will be hoping to see some left foot magic from Newell this season.

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