First Team

Prince: Hard work paying off

10th April 2017

Buaben marks return to side with man of the match display in Dundee win.

Prince Buaben made his return to the Hearts starting line-up in style with a man of the match performance in Saturday’s win over Dundee.

The Ghanaian was deployed in a central-defensive berth, something unfamiliar to supporters but one that Prince is comfortable with. 

“It’s not something new,” said Buaben of his deployment in the back four. “It’s where I started my career when I was young at Ajax. Then at Dundee United, Craig Levein played me a few times there.

“I was quite used to it and comfortable there. I’m a football player. It’s not a position I’m going to say no to but, if you asked me, I would rather play midfield. But if I have to do a job at centre-back, I feel comfortable doing it.”

Saturday saw Hearts return to winning ways and Buaben admitted that, while the team had gone through a tough few weeks, hard work was the vital factor that got them through it.

Praising the style of play that Head Coach Ian Cathro is trying to instil in them, Prince confirmed his belief that the positive way of thinking would see Hearts and Cathro prove a success, given time.

“Sometimes you have a tough period and you just have to grind it out,” added Buaben. “I’m not going to say that we don’t work hard. We all know that in training we do our best but sometimes things don’t go our way. 

“We just have to grind it out and look forward. We all know what we can do. If you watch the game, you can see the gaffer is trying to put an idea in the team. 

"A lot of the boys like having a manager that wants to play football. Sometimes it takes a while. Rome wasn’t built in a day so I think we’ll come good – 100 per cent.”