Michael Weir: Delighted to see Stephane Omeonga back - but wholesale changes will be needed at Hibs this summer

Scottish Cup is only realistic avenue for success

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:00 am
Stephane Omeonga has signed on loan for a second time

Hibs fans will be more than delighted to see Stephane Omeonga back at the club for the rest of the season, but I wouldn’t anticipate Jack Ross doing much more business during this transfer window.

Unfortunately, it’s obvious that a rebuild of the squad is needed - something we all believed had happened when Paul Heckingbottom brought in all those players last summer.

However, it’s not worked out the way we all hoped with, realistically, the Scottish Cup our only real hope of enjoying some success this season.

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I’m sure Jack would argue otherwise and will insist there is still much to play for but to my mind our results are going to have to improve dramatically in the second half of the season and those of Aberdeen and Motherwell to go the other way if we are to find ourselves in the running for a place in Europe.

That’s a long shot and I feel fifth is probably the best we can aim for barring that unlikely turnaround needed on a number of fronts.

Omeonga is a player Hibs know well from his time at the club last season, he’ll bring more drive in the middle of the park which is something we are lacking. It’s better to bring in someone familiar with how things work at Hibs at this time than a player who might need a few weeks to come up to speed, but it’s difficult at this time to get the players you really need to make a huge chance.

I’d imagine the real overhaul will take place at the end of the season with the club already probably identifying those they believe can make a big difference.

There will be more players of the type we are looking for available then. We aren’t alone in finding ourselves in this situation, Hearts brought in a good number of players as well in the summer and it hasn’t worked out there either. Unfortunately that happens in football, you bring in players you believe will help take the club forward but, for one reason or another, it doesn’t work out as hoped.

So rather than wholesale changes at this time - when it’s also difficult to move players on - I’d rather see Jack hold fire and make the necessary changes in a few months.