Alan Stubbs has revealed he’ll have the last say as to whether on-loan Dundee United striker Henri Anier remains at Easter Road for the rest of the season.
The arrival of Chris Dagnall has added to Stubbs’ options up front, leading to questions as to the future of both Anier and Islam Feruz, who both joined Hibs on a temporary basis during the summer but haven’t managed to secure a place in the Capital club’s starting line-up.
Anier has made only three appearances – all in the last month – as a substitute while 20-year-old Feruz, a surprise signing from Chelsea, has managed just six appearances from the bench.
But, while he appears to have a surfeit of strikers – top scorer Jason Cummings, Dominique Malonga, James Keatings and Martin Boyle also all in competition for a jersey while Jamie Insall is currently on loan at East Fife – Stubbs insisted he’s in no hurry to see anyone leave during the current transfer window.
Admitting there may be some movement given that players naturally want to be playing every week, Stubbs was adamant that, as yet, no-one has intimated such a desire although Feruz is reported to be interesting a host of English clubs despite the Hibs head coach telling him he’d rather see him stay and fight for his place at Easter Road.
Tannadice boss Mixu Paatelainen has also expressed a desire to have 25-year-old Anier back on Tayside to aid United’s battle against relegation but, Stubbs disclosed, it is Hibs and not Anier’s parent club who have the decision to make.
He said: “We have an option if we want to use it to make it a season-long loan. I have spoken to Mixu already about it. There’s something in the agreement where by a certain date we have to inform Dundee United we want to take up that option. There’s a good chance we will.”
Asked if there may be some movement out of Easter Road in the next few weeks Stubbs said: “Not from my point of view. I have said I am not concerned about anyone leaving. We are not thinking that way.
“But obviously players have to want to stay as well. I can understand players want to play, it’s only right. But no-one has said that to me just yet. They may do, but no-one has as we speak.”