Alim Ozturk today paid a glowing tribute to Morgaro Gomis, describing his Hearts team-mate as the most complete player he has played with.
In the build-up to Sunday’s Edinburgh derby at Easter Road, Turkish defender Ozturk waxed lyrical about the “unbelievable” Senegalese midfielder, who is widely considered to have been Hearts’ best and most influential player so far this season.
Gomis has endeared himself to supporters with his mix of energy and elegance since becoming the club’s first signing of the post-administration era back in June.
Ozturk, a ball-playing centre-half, revealed that the intelligent 28-year-old’s willingness to come short and collect possession has been crucial to Hearts succeeding with their new approach of building from the back. “Morgaro is amazing, unbelievable – I have never seen a player like him,” Ozturk, below, told the Evening News. “You see him right, left, upfront – he is everywhere. He makes it easier for the defenders.
“He is so calm. He has lots of experience and you can see that. I am happy to play with a player like him in front of me – he likes to play short passes. He comes and takes the ball off me and I like that.”
Ozturk believes the dominant midfield partnership between Gomis and his old Dundee United team-mate Prince Buaben has laid the foundations for Hearts, nine points clear at the top of the table, to emerge as the strongest team in the Championship so far.
“Morgaro links well with Prince – the two of them are everywhere,” said Ozturk. “It’s not only Morgaro, though – everybody in the team is fit and working for each other. It is a complete team and every part of it is working well. That makes us very strong.”
Meanwhile, head coach Robbie Neilson remains confident that both captain Danny Wilson and top scorer Osman Sow will shake off hamstring niggles in time to face Hibs on Sunday.