Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has been encouraged by January signing Armand Gnanduillet’s start to life at Tynecastle, even though he admitted that the player didn’t have the best of games against Ayr last week.
He was slightly disappointed that the player didn’t get service from the wings in the game against Ayr United. Hearts are in action tomorrow night against Queen of the South.
Manager believes player will thrive at Tynecastle
However, judging by Neilson’s comments Gnanduillet might not start the game. Neilson feels at the moment his game might be more suited to games at Tynecastle.
“Our two wide players played quite narrow because we weren’t getting a lot of support up to the strikers. So it ended up that we didn’t deliver a lot of crosses. It didn’t suit Armand” he said.
“I expect he will come to the fore when we are getting the ball wide and providing him with crosses, especially at Tynecastle when our wingers are going at people one versus one” Neilson stated.
However, he feels that the player has started well at Hearts, especially when it comes to linking moves with other players, and a partnership with Liam Boyce.
“He links it well”
“In general play, he links it well, and he’s still trying to get that relationship with Liam Boyce and others round about him.
“When a new player comes in, it can take them a number of games before they understand how we play. It’s the same for our players to understand how a new guy plays” Neilson concluded.
Gnanduillet has played three games for Hearts, and has scored two goals. So he has made a more than decent start to his Tynecastle career. Neilson seems more than content that the 28-year-old will contribute plenty between now and the end of the season.