Only arriving in the summer, Stendel was quick to deem him surplus to requirements in Gorgie. Whelan leaves Edinburgh after 17 appearances in maroon.
A regular under Craig Levein, the ex-Aston Villa man wasn’t even in the final two Hearts squads prior to the winter break. It’s a big statement from Stendel after Whelan was widely seen as a good experienced addition in the summer.
Promising performances early on suggested they’d found a good player too. Performances have waned though as Hearts’ overall form continues to dip, however, and his influence hasn’t been as evident.
It’ll free up room for Stendel to bring in his own players and perhaps some fresh ideas. He’s already recalled Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald from Dunfermline.
Alex Petkov and Connor Smith have also returned from their loan spells at Clyde and Cowdenbeath. Club captain Christophe Berra is also expected to leave Tynecastle.
Whilst he has been a regular, some Hearts fans clearly won’t lose sleep over the departure of Whelan.
Clearly wasn’t committed and his heart want in it. Shame as he was good in his first few games. Good to get him off the wage bill though.
— Gorgie Rules (@RulesGorgie) January 7, 2020
Looked decent to start with but didn’t care after our poor form..
— Allan McKie (@allanmck_) January 7, 2020
Won’t be missed 👋🏻
— Eddie Higgins (@eddie_1874) January 7, 2020
Great day 😎
— Filipe Vidal ❤️🖤 (@gabimosh_) January 7, 2020
Get the impression him and Stendel didn’t hit it off!
— Gillian McC 🏴🇱🇻 (@gillianmcc51) January 7, 2020
Didn’t have much of a choice 🙄
— Devlin (@McGuyver123) January 7, 2020
Lasted long 👀
— Dan Renshaw (@drenshawAVFC) January 7, 2020
Announce someone now
— Lewis Gulland (@lewisgulland) January 7, 2020