Daniel Stendel has named his new Hearts captain as Steven Naismith takes over the role from Christophe Berra.
After the Jambos skipper’s demotion to Reserve football, Stendel’s been on the lookout for a new leader. The likes of Michael Smith and Craig Halkett were surely big contenders for the role.
Instead it’s the influential Scotland forward who’s got the role. Whilst fitness has been a problem over the last year, it’s undoubted that Naismith makes a telling impact when on the pitch.
Last term he scored ten goals in 19 league games as he battled fitness issues. This term he has continued to suffer with them, playing eight times with two goals to his name.
On the pitch though, Naismith is real leader from the front. If Stendel can keep the Scotland international forward fit, he’ll be a good fit for the role, having signed a long-term deal with the club during the summer.
Some Hearts fans have reacted to the news of Naismith taking Berra’s place as Jambos captain.
I'm happy with this but you'd be as well announcing Michael Smith as Vice as he'll be wearing the band more than Naisy
— DMWILL (@ROKx111) January 17, 2020
If he stays fit, no doubt about It's a great decision. Naismth is a born leader! Don't know how true it is but apparently Stendel's had him training double sessions. Let's move on, together as one!! Time to announce a new signing now….🇱🇻👊
— Thejamtarts51 (@Thejamtarts51) January 17, 2020
The Natural Choice. When fit he’d be my captain even before Berra was axed. Hopefully can stay fit long enough to get us playing again. Congrats Naisy
— Gavin Wallace (@gavinwallace30) January 17, 2020
We need him fit 100% to It. Wish he have greater days!
— Filipe Vidal ❤️🖤 (@gabimosh_) January 17, 2020
Love it but can he stay fit? Fingers crossed
— Cammy Denholm ✋☝ (@Cammy_Denholm) January 17, 2020
No brainier. Hopefully his injuries are behind him. Born leader.
— Lynn Aoki (@Jambolynn9) January 17, 2020
Good luck to him. However, I liked it when there was another capain because it was like having two on the pitch. With Naisey contstantly nipping at everybody's head for 90 mins. Gets my vote though.
— roddy mclean (@rodmclean) January 17, 2020
Easy decision really. Easy to see his leadership skills when playing for Scotland recently.
— Scottish Premiership News & Opinion (@ScottishPremie2) January 17, 2020