What Hearts signing duo will bring as Steven Naismith explains plans

Blair Spittal and Yan Dhanda are set to transform Hearts' attack as Steven Naismith discussed his plans for the duo.

Dhanda became the Jambos' sixth summer signing after his switch from Ross County was finally confirmed having signed a pre-contract earlier this year. Spittal, James Penrice and Ryan Fulton did the same while right-back Daniel Oyegoke from Brentford B and Musa Drammeh from Sevilla's reserve side have also been added. Another right-back in Costa Rican Gerald Taylor is expected to follow.

Naismith has now spoken on the attacking midfield duo in particular with the pair set to solve the club's biggest problem from last season. The Tynecastle men were comfortable in third but in some games appeared to lack creativity and relied on Lawrence Shankland's ability to conjure up a goal from nowhere.

Spittal and Dhanda can both operate anywhere in midfield - deeper, advanced or wide, and their main strengths are cutting open defences with their passing ability and eye for goal.

The head coach told the Edinburgh News: “The two of them are similar in that probably one of their biggest strengths is their flexibility. Blair, being a wee bit older, can play slightly deeper if need be. Both of them, with their intelligence, can play in any of the wider areas, off the top of a striker, or in a flat midfield three. That's the biggest thing they bring - that versatility.

"They are different players and I also think they are different to the other attacking players we have. The clear message you can see from them is that they are intelligent footballers. They see runs, they see passes, they understand when the game needs to be played quicker and when it's time to keep the ball. That allows them to be versatile players.

"That's how I see them. I don't necessarily see them as, 'oh, he's just a No.10,' or 'he's a wide player.' We need to decide in each game where they are going to impact things best.”