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Problems at Easter Road

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Hearts overspending has finally caught up with them. There are plenty of youth players available at Tynecastle and they are being wrongly overlooked. Players which have helped the under-19 team rise to the top of the league 8 points clear of closest rivals Hibs.

These young players are good enough to be blooded into the first team, and years before that many more have been neglected in favour of poor players with high wage demands. You would only need to look at the arrival of Nade to signify that point. The hugely overweight forward is now at Thai side Samut Songkhram, and has yet to make an appearance.

The problems on the other side of the city are perhaps not as damaging as seeing your club slip into £30m of debt. A long succession of managers, each one no better than the last has been brought in.

Tony Mowbray was always going to be a hard act to follow, as was the treat of having players such as Scott Brown, Guillaume Beuzelin and Steven Fletcher in the squad.

John Collins gave it a good stab and won a trophy, but apart from that the Hibs managers have always lacked an eye for a player and sometimes their tactics were poor.

The problem at Hibs is no secret, the squad simply is not good enough. Mixu Paatelainen failed. John Hughes failed and Colin Calderwood was arguably one of the worst managers to ever take the dugout at Hibs.

Looking at the current squad it is difficult to see where the team can take inspiration from. O’Connor is relied upon to heavily and Ivan Sproule is not good enough to support an entire team on his shoulders.

If Hibs want to be taken as serious contenders for a European spot then new players need to come into the side and new youth players need to be brought up.

Ross Caldwell, who was rewarded with an appearance against Rangers, has impressed in the under-19 side as have midfielders Dean Horribine and Sam Stanton and it is about time that they are given a chance. The problems need to be sorted out and that can only be achieved by weeding out the weak links of the Hibernian team and installing a new backbone to the team.

Pat Fenlon looks like he has his work cut out for him, but after saying that he needs to get the players motivated for ‘the wonderful opportunity to play at a huge club like Hibs’ the players have shown extra bite in the games Pat Fenlon has managed.

The man dubbed a winner by Rod Petrie needs to prove his worth in the transfer market and also how committed he is to bringing in youth players to help a frail helps side boost their survival credentials.

Hibs are firmly locked in a battle for SPL survival and it looks like Dunfermline are in there as well as the main opponents.

Fenlon should not be judged by his games in charge of Calderwood’s dud players, but he should be judged come February.

With more firepower needed to support O’Connor and more midfielders needed to help create chances for the Hibs forward line it is clear that investment is badly needed at Hibs.

After years of players going out and not enough good replacements Hibs are paying the price, and Fenlon knows the problem areas and is likely to sort them out.

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