Gary Mackay: Juanma has the ‘Hearts’ credentials

Juanma Delgado has already become a Hearts talisman
Juanma Delgado has already become a Hearts talisman
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Hearts fans love a talismanic figure, as we’ve seen in the past with the likes of John Robertson, Mark de Vries and Rudi Skacel, and it looks like Juanma is going to be one of that ilk.

His first-half performance against Dundee was in keeping with the rest of his team-mates, when the whole team was off the pace, but he took a bit of confidence from scoring the penalty and then got a wonderful individual goal.

He looks like he could be a top player for Hearts. I was disappointed at seeing Brad McKay’s comments about him last week.

For a Hearts supporter to generalise about foreign players, when this club has had so many good foreign players over the years, is not great. St Johnstone have also had a lot of foreign players.

At first sight of him, I genuinely don’t think Juanma is the type of player who is going to go down easily. So for he’s only caught my eye for the right reasons and as he showed with his second goal, he’ll certainly be a nuisance for his opponents to play against.

Despite all the hype about Dundee following their win over Kilmarnock the previous weekend, I always fancied us to beat them. With that in mind, I was a bit disappointed to see us starting out with a set-up that looked more about stopping them than us taking the game by the scruff of the neck ourselves.

Looking at the Hearts squad, I don’t think we should be going into any game with trepidation.

Aberdeen and Celtic are seen as the two strongest teams but I certainly don’t think we’re inferior to any of the others. We have enough quality in attack that other teams should be worrying about us rather than the other way about.

In terms of the fixture list, we were handed a reasonably favourable start, and we’ve taken advantage of that so far. Although Dundee and St Johnstone were top six last season, I actually think this week’s games against Motherwell and Ross County will be even tougher than the last two. Those sides have improved a lot in the last six months, so I’d be absolutely delighted if we are still on maximum points at the top of the league in a week’s time.