Morgaro Gomis gives Hearts boss a nice surprise

Jordan White of Livingston cannot get the ball off Morgaro Gomis
Jordan White of Livingston cannot get the ball off Morgaro Gomis
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Morgaro Gomis was praised for his “amazing consistency” today by Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson, who admitted he didn’t realise just how good the midfielder was before he arrived at Tynecastle.

Neilson made Gomis his first signing in June and the 29-year-old has been outstanding as Hearts have surged to the top of the SPFL Championship. His dynamic displays in midfield have been a feature in an unbeaten league start, making him almost an automatic choice in the team.

Neilson explained that he knew plenty about Gomis’s ability before he joined Hearts. However, the head coach admitted he didn’t fully appreciate how influential the player was.

“Morgaro is a top player and he’s fantastic for us. I’ve been amazed by his level of consistency,” Neilson told the Evening News. “I knew I was going to get a good player when he arrived but I didn’t realise how good.

“He was excellent against Livingston on Sunday again, as was Prince Buaben. I wouldn’t say Morgaro is undroppable but he’s an aggressive player who wins the ball back for us and he’s a great player to have.

“He picked up another booking on Sunday, so another couple of them and he gets suspended. Then we need to deal with it and make sure we have guys ready to come in. It’s important we give them game time here and there as well. At the moment, Morgaro has been fantastic but there are other guys who are desperate to get into the team as well.”

Miguel Pallardo should soon be fit enough to mount a serious challenge to Gomis and Buaben, while Jason Holt and Scott Robinson are also competing for game time in central midfield.

“We’ve got Pallardo, Holt and Robinson, so we’re strong in the midfield department,” said Neilson. “We’re strong everywhere, in fact. Look at the subs’ bench we had on Sunday. There were guys who didn’t even make the bench, like Brad McKay, Miguel and Scott.

“These guys are good players who, last year or the year before, would be playing regularly. Now there’s real competition and people know it’s a squad game. They will get opportunities as well.”