First Team

Craig: Demetri can't wait to get started

11th January 2018

Craig Levein reveals he's excited at new loan signing Demetri Mitchell's eagerness to get started with the Jambos

Craig Levein has revealed he’s excited by the loan capture of Manchester United full-back Demetri Mitchell.

The 21-year-old today penned a six-month loan deal with Hearts, and will tomorrow fly out to join his new teammates at the Jambos’ winter training camp in Valencia.

Craig hopes to see Demetri utilise his attacking threat in a maroon shirt, and believes his eagerness to get started could see him hit the ground running.

Speaking to HeartsTV in Spain, Craig said: “He is a very attack-minded left-back/left wing-back. He was a winger for most of his young career and Manchester United have moved him to left-back and left wing-back and he’s adapted very well indeed.

“I feel quite confident in the left side of the defence, having Christophe there he’s almost like one-and-a-half defenders, so we can be more adventurous on that side, I think.

“There’s always a risk when you bring a young player in, but he’s in amongst other young players so he’ll feel quite comfortable in that regard, he won’t feel the youngest, for sure.

“I’ve met him and he’s a confident kid and very keen and eager to get started, and he’s excited, and that excites me because sometimes when you speak to players about coming to the club and you don’t get a good feeling about it, 99 times out of 100 you just pull the plug.

“This kid gave me a good feeling. He’s desperate to get started, desperate to be involved and play men’s football and show off his skills. I’m hoping that we can both be really good for each other.”

Craig’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.