Hearts were a team transformed when manager Craig Levein made two substitutions in the second-half of the recent game against Aberdeen.

Steven Naismith and Conor Washington came on with Hearts 1-0 down in the game.

Naismith marked his permanent return to the Tynecastle club with the equalising goal in the game. Washington then came close for Hearts before a great Naismith pass set up Jamie Walker to give Hearts the lead.

The Jambos however lost the game 3-2, as the sending-off of Aaron Hickey and a penalty conceded by Clevid Dikamona turned the game on its head.

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Manger and fans will be pleased with comeback

However, Levein and the Hearts fans will be satisfied with the way Hearts came back into the game at 1-0 down. Keeping their attacking players fit will be key to Hearts’ prospects this season.

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They look a completely different team with Naismith in the side. He proved to be a colossal miss when injured last season, as did Uche Ikpeazu.

Attacking quartet will be key

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The attacking quartet of Ikpeazu, Naismith, Washington and Walker could ensure that Hearts have a more than decent season.

However, they will need to make sure that the players remain fit for the season. They showed what Hearts can do in only 25 minutes against Aberdeen. More periods of play like that will ensure that the Tynecastle side are challenging for honours.

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