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Djoum's delight

2nd November 2015

Belgian midfielder pleased with thumping win and reveals he's loving Edinburgh life.

Arnaud Djoum admitted he was feeling at home with Hearts in the wake of Saturday’s sensational 4-0 triumph over Partick Thistle.

Despite a patchy first half, the Jam Tarts came roaring out the blocks in the second half and added three goals to their first-half opener from Juanma, with the Spaniard netting again while Osman Sow also bagged a brace.

After the match, the Belgian midfielder - making his second start for the club - enthused about the side’s performance, as well as his pleasure at gaining regular football again in his career.

“I’m very happy, firstly about the team’s performance,” said Djoum. “We played well, and we knew we could go second with a victory.

“It’s good for us as a team, mentally, to know we’re high in the table. As for myself, I think I played well today, and the team were very good in the second half.

“For me, the main thing is stability and regular football,” he continued. “Last year, I didn’t play so many games. This year, I need more. I think I’m playing good football, and I’m glad the coach is pleased.

“I am grateful to Hearts for giving me a chance to show what I can do. I like how the team plays and I’m very happy right now. Winning games 4-0 makes life easier, of course.”

When asked how football in Scotland differed from that of the continent, the former Anderlecht man stated that, while football was more physical in Scotland, his style of play was perfectly suited to life in the SPFL Premiership.

“Scottish football suits my style of play. I’m happy to be in a very good team, where I get the chance to play properly. 

“Compared to Holland, where things are tactical and technical, here is a more physical game,” he explained. “In this kind of competition, I feel it’s better of my way of playing football. 

“I have good physicality and skills, and I feel like I have the right mix to excel in Scotland.”

Lastly, Djoum confessed he was smitten with Edinburgh, having moved to the capital city last month and been joined by his family recently.

“Edinburgh is a beautiful city, very calm, with good people who are always willing to help,” said Arnaud. “My family enjoyed visiting, they like it, and there are lots of things to do, so I have good first impressions. I like it very much."