First Team

Andy eager to get started again

2nd January 2020

Andy Irving hopes the Hearts support will see an exciting brand of football on display at Tynecastle this year.

The 19-year-old was a standout in the Jambos 1-1 draw with Aberdeen before the winter break, pulling the strings from the middle of the park.

He believes that team performance can set the tone for the rest of the season, and with more than two weeks until the first team’s next outing, Andy and his teammates have plenty of time to practice implementing manager Daniel Stendel’s style of play.

“The hard work starts now,” he said. “We’ll have a few days off, then when we’re back in we’ll have two weeks before the Airdrie game, getting fitter and working hard to put on the pitch what the new manager wants to see from us.

“Hopefully it all pays off in the second half of the season. It’ll be more entertaining.

“He wants us to take more risks in the final third, and you see from Ryo’s goal - it’s a great strike, he practices that all the time, it’s maybe not a risk but he gives us the confidence to try that kind of thing that we were lacking before.

“In the final third, he wants us to try something different, and it’s fine if it doesn’t work, just make sure we’re in the right position to win the ball back with the high press.”