PAT FENLON today tipped Abdellah Zoubir to be a huge hit with Hibs supporters this season.
The Frenchman put in a man-of-the-match performance in the club’s 5-3 League Cup win over Stranraer last night.
With Paul Heffernan cup-tied and Kevin Thomson rested, Zoubir and Rowan Vine were brought into the starting line-up and the decision paid dividends.
The midfielder scored Hibs’ second goal, caused the Stair Park side no end of problems and was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Sam Stanton three minutes from time.
Fenlon was delighted with the impact Zoubir had on the game and admitted that his performance stole some of the limelight from hat-trick hero Liam Craig.
The Irishman said: “Abdellah is different to what we have and it was a good game to get him into, give him a taste of the atmosphere.
“I think that the supporters will enjoy him over the course of the season.
“Liam got a hat-trick and scored some good goals but Zoubir, especially in the first half, we got him a lot of the ball.
“He is difficult to play against, he has very good feet, his balance is good and he is strong.
“He did well in the air for us as well, he had a chance in the second half which he nearly scored from and one in the first half, both headers.
“He is a good player.”
League One side Stranraer refused to give in and it took a second-half penalty to seal the victory for Hibs.
Craig slotted it home to claim a hat-trick but Fenlon admitted that he is now spoiled for choice when it comes to penalty takers.
He added: “There’s a few
of them now. Liam, Rowan Vine and James Collins all want to take them. I think they decided amongst themselves that Liam would take it.
“Two or three of them take a lot of penalties in training and practise a lot, so I think that there is a bit of competition going on.
“It’s good that we have got some good penalty-takers in the club.”