Enormous potential - Sky pundit tips Leeds-linked full-back to follow example of Andy Robertson
Leeds United are one of many clubs who have been linked with Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey in the last few weeks.
In May, 90min reported that Leeds, along with Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton, had sent scouts to keep close tabs on the 17-year-old, who impressed at Hearts in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Hearts now stand to lose Hickey as they’ve been relegated to the Scottish Championship and the defender’s contract expires in a year’s time.
Hickey has spent most of the season playing at left-back but can also play on the opposite side of defence and that youthful versatility is bound to be something that has attracted Leeds to him.
Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker is staggered that Hearts failed to tie Hickey down to a longer contract last year after he broke into the Edinburgh club’s first-team as it was clear how good a player he was going to become.
“How they did not recognise Hickey would become their most sellable asset a year ago is beyond me,” the former Celtic player told Sky Sports.
“On May 19, 2019, just one week before both clubs would meet again in the Scottish Cup final, I was part of the Sky Sports team that showed Celtic v Hearts live and I watched this young kid make only his second appearance for the Tynecastle club and I liked what I saw.
“No one would have regarded him as world beater then but clearly, the potential was enormous.”
Walker is so confident of Hickey’s ability that he’s claimed the Scotland youth international is good enough to shine in the Premier League one day, like Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson has done.#
“There’s no doubt in my mind that, in time, Hickey could follow the example of Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson or Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney and adjust from playing in the Scottish Premiership to thriving in the more demanding English Premier League,” Walker added.
Leeds could do with a new left-back if they win promotion to the Premier League.
Stuart Dallas has done a fine job there this season but he’s not a natural in that role and it remains to be seen how he’d fare against Premier League opposition.
Barry Douglas enters the last year of his contract later this month so Hicky might be a viable option for Leeds.
However, Walker has said “Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Celtic have all expressed an interest” in Hickey and that could make it incredibly difficult to sign him up this year.
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