Hearts striker Dale Carrick today explained how he has modelled his game on Kris Boyd at the request of manager Gary Locke and assistant coach Billy Brown.
The 20-year-old has scored four goals in his last six games after copying aspects of the Kilmarnock forward’s play and wants to test himself against the Ayrshire club this weekend.
Boyd and Kilmarnock arrive at Tynecastle on Sunday hoping for a seventh consecutive win there dating back to October 2010. Hearts, though, are in fine form with four wins and a draw from their last five fixtures. Much of that has been down to Carrick’s emergence as a striker to be reckoned with.
The player revealed that his improvement is down to analysing Boyd’s movement and finishing prowess, which Locke and Brown advised him to do earlier in the season.
“I’ve been told to watch Kris Boyd, to look at his movement around the box, his link-up play and how he uses his body to his advantage,” said Carrick. “I’ve been watching him to see how I can do what he does. It was the manager and Billy who told me I should look at him.
“I’ve watched his runs and learned from them. He starts in an offside position, then he slyly drops back in between the two centre-backs to get back onside. Then he makes his wee run in behind them. I’ve been looking at that and his link-up play. He’s a massive goal threat and he’s got good movement. That’s what I want to take on.”