It has been a rather uninspiring campaign for Hearts so far this season. The Jambos have been lacklustre and are definitely lower down the table than they would have liked, but if there is one positive that they can take from the season so far it is that the future is most certainly bright at Tynecastle.
Last night a Hearts team consisting of three teenagers, two of which were 16-years-old, took on a Dundee side that had recently chalked up impresive victories over Rangers and Ross County and beat them comfortably.
The star of the show without a doubt was debutant Anthony McDonald, who picked up two assists and the man of the match award in what will certainly be one of his most memorable matches to date.
The other two involved, 19-year-old Jordan Moore and 16-year-old Harry Cochrane also looked assured and confident, something not commonly found in players so young, and it has been a great source of joy for Hearts boss Craig Levein.
“The kids are good players, but I am surprised Anthony and Harry are involved at such a young age, Lewis too." said the Jambos coach.
“I believe in these boys and so do the rest of the first team. They train with the first team every day, so it’s not as though they have been parachuted in from nowhere.
“The boys have been training with us from last summer, and the senior players know and trust them.
“They have surprised me a bit in the sense that they are playing at this age. I didn’t expect them to befirst-team players. It was a good night for them and the rest of the team.”
Sometimes it can be seen as a huge risk to play such young and inexperienced players in the Premiership, but Levein had no such concerns when asked about the potential risk involved.
When asked if he was taking a risk, he replied, “Not if you watch him in the training every day it wasn’t.
“With Jamie Walker being out we don’t have anyone else like Anthony. He and Harry are stand outs at their age groups.”
It remains to be seen just how far these boys will go in the game, but if early indications are anything to go by, it certainly seems as though there is plenty to be optimistic about at Tynecastle Park.