Hearts striker Christian Nade has been been ordered to lose weight before he can be considered for the first team again. The former Sheffield United player arrived at Tynecastle at the end of last years’ summer transfer window and has rarely played a full match since.
On arrival we were informed that Nade was short of matches and would take time to gain full fitness. He found himself in the starting line-up on many occasions but was never able to go the full ninety. As the season progressed there appeared little improvement, with regards to the Frenchman’s fitness, and injury towards the end of the season set him back even further.
Manager Csaba Laszlo criticised some of the top earners at Tynecastle for being “lazy” recently, without naming any names. Laszlo spoke with the Scotsman newspaper about Nade yesterday and the Romanian-born Hungarian spoke positively about the player in the present, however, seemed critical of his recent past. “When I arrived at Hearts, people told me they hadn’t seen Christian Nade for a long time on the training field. Now, he is beginning to work.
“This is a big challenge but I am so happy for the technical team because we pushed Nade back on to the training field. He is taking to the bicycle, showing a positive attitude and we have changed this.
“He would like to come back but now the question is will it be in
one month or maybe two months? We must be careful not to get him injured. His weight is very high and he must be a little bit slimmer. He must work very hard and he is doing this but I think he still needs time.
“If we are very realistic, maybe in one month he will be ready. The player is making a big effort to come back, maybe that was not there before. He has changed now and he says he wants to work, his mentality has changed.”
“In attack I would like to have a striker who is more confident and more experienced, someone who can score.
“This is professional football, you must score goals and win games.”
One forward who has been linked with Hearts can certainly score but may be a little short on experience. Derek Riordan has spent the last two season in the Celtic reserves making very few first team appearances.
The rumour linking the former Hibs player to Tynecastle was reignited last night when it was claimed, during the BBC RadioScotland coverage of Rangers v Kaunas, that Jim Spence had heard that Riordan could be heading to Edinburgh but “not Hibs”.
Many in the Hearts support would not accept Riordan due to his past as a Hibs player. He certainly has the quality, or has shown it in the past – he was on the verge of a becoming a regular in the Scotland squad before he signed for Celtic Reserves – but as the player is obviously in dire need of a fresh start and regular first team football. Would it really be a good move for him to come to a club under pressure to perform, with half the support on his back before he has kicked a ball?