Hearts detail the help they plan to give striker Armand Gnanduillet

Armand Gnanduillet scored his fourth goal in seven Hearts appearances at the weekend but manager Robbie Neilson declared that the Frenchman needs more help.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 7:00 am
Hearts striker Armand Gnanduillet has four goals in seven games for the club.

Gnanduillet’s 72nd minute header broke the stubborn Ayr United defence at Tynecastle Park before Jamie Walker struck to secure a 2-0 win. Both goals came from crosses into the opposition penalty area.

Hearts moved 15 points clear atop the Championship table and could win the title in three weeks’ time if results between now and then work in their favour.

However, Neilson is determined to get better service to his centre-forward by dint of more deliveries from out wide.

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“Armand is a massive asset for us and he will be a massive asset going forward. We still have to do better for him in terms of service,” Neilson told the Evening News.

“He's got great link-up play but the balls into him have to be better. The main thing for me is that the delivery into the box has got to be better. We had opportunities to put balls in on Saturday and we're trying to knock the skin off the ball.

“With the free-kick for Armand’s goal, Andy Irving just delivered it into a good area. If you do that, Armand will get his head onto it because he's nearly 6ft 5in. It's just about putting the ball in there.

“At the second goal, the delivery is into a good area in the box again. We get the knockdown and then a goal from it. If the ball isn't delivered then you aren't going to score from it.”

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