Hearts powerhouse Uche Ikpeazu insists that he will be able to prove those who don’t believe in him wrong this season.
The Jambos striker had a mixed year last term, netting eight goals in a campaign hampered by injury. After failing to score in his first seven this season, he has scored twice in his last four games.
His performance levels have gone up a notch or two in recent weeks and now Ikpeazu has sent a warning to the skeptics.
He told the Daily Record (page 70, 29/09/19): “Some people in Scotland don’t rate me. They don’t think I’m good – I’m just a battering ram. Some people think I can’t run hard. They think I’m not fit enough. But you saw the quality out there against Aberdeen.
“And you are going to see more of it when I’m fully fit. The best is yet to come. So all those opinions, I will just prove them wrong. That’s just my mentality. I’ve done it throughout my career and I will continue to do it.
“I feel good, physically I feel ready and like I’m going to do some damage. I just needed a run of games and I’ve had that now. I want to score goals, assist goals in any way shape or form. I know that on my day I’m unplayable and I will prove that in time.”
Hearts’ Ikpeazu isn’t short on confidence
Some may say this is arrogant, but statements like this are great to hear from players. Ikpeazu clearly believes he has the ability to succeed in Gorgie.
The striker isn’t everyone’s cup of tea due to the style of play he brings to Hearts, but no one can deny how effective he is when in full flow.
Over the past few weeks Ikpeazu has shown all the traits that could make him a success story in Edinburgh. The forward is a monster physically, possessing great strength and plenty of pace.
Ikpeazu’s also proven he knows where the net is, even if the striker has failed to find it consistently so far. Once he does that though, the Jambo forward will be tough to deal with.
He clearly believes in himself and with that mindset Ikpeazu could go far with Hearts.