Hearts boss gets funds for a new striker

Robbie Neilson is determined to get the right man for the job
Robbie Neilson is determined to get the right man for the job
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Hearts have given head coach Robbie Neilson funds to sign a striker in January – but he stressed today he will not rush into a decision on a new player.

Neilson wants to recruit a forward, but is determined to find the right type to complement his squad.

The Tynecastle board have set money aside for one new addition and Neilson is currently searching Britain and beyond for a reliable goalscorer. He admitted he only has one chance to find the striker he wants and is eager to make the correct choice.

Should any players leave Hearts during the winter transfer window, then replacements could arrive to replenish the squad. However, for the moment, Neilson has one opportunity and knows he must get his decision right after signing an entire new team during the summer.

“I’ve got an idea of what I want to get but it’s difficult to get the right one,” he told the Evening News. “I’m only going to get one so I need to make sure it’s the right one. There are a few options out there and I’m still trying to whittle it down.

“Every day you get email after email and call after call from agents trying to put people forward because they’re desperate to get them in here. It has to be the right one for us, though. It might happen at the start of the window or it might be the last thing in the window, but what I don’t want to do is rush into it.

“I won’t just go and get somebody for the sake of it. I’ve only got one chance to bring a player in.

“If people leave then it opens a window for others to come in but at the moment we’re looking to get a striker in and that’s all. You want one that scores goals at the end of the day. If he’s 6ft 4in and scores goals or he’s 5ft 6in and scores goals, I’m not that bothered.

“I just want somebody who can come in and be a goal threat for us. We’ll see what we can sort out.”

Neilson declared himself satisfied with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Alloa which saw Hearts maintain a 100 per cent home record. He asked his team to adopt a new style of play by sitting off their opponents then hitting on the counter-attack and was pleased with the outcome.

“I thought we played well in the first half. We changed our style of play,” he said. “The players were told to sit off the play and try to get Alloa to come out and attack us so we could break on the counter. We gave up possession in their half and I thought it worked quite well.

“We need different ways of winning games, and playing matches, and it worked well enough but we’ve got more work to do on it. We missed a few chances in the second half, but it’s done now and we’re ready for Cowdenbeath tomorrow.”