Hibernian set for injection of pace as Terry Butcher plots January business
Boss wants speed in the side, with players to leave to make room for recruits.
Terry Butcher is preparing to freshen up his Hibernian squad in January, with “players with pace” topping his wish list.
Butcher has been pleased with his initial impression of the Hibs squad he has inherited but expects to see some personnel heading in both directions when the transfer window opens next month.
The Easter Road boss wants to let players leave to find first team football, while identifying speedy replacements as the ideal way to freshen up the side.
Butcher said: “We’d like to bring in one or two players in the January transfer window, and I think one or two will be leaving the club as well.
“That’s a natural progression at any club, even if I’d been here five or six years.
“If can bring in players with pace that I’d like to bring in, I think we’ll have a good foundation here.
“I don’t know if we are ahead of schedule or behind schedule because I haven’t set one.
“I’m just happy with what I’ve got.”
Butcher was quick to reassure the club’s young players that they were still in his thoughts, despite talk of new faces around Hibs.
Kids like Ross Caldwell and Sam Stanton has struggled to feature so far under Butcher’s reign, but the Englishman pointed to the impact by the likes of Jordon Forster and Danny Handling as proof that youth will get its chance.
He added: “There are young players here who excite me and I can’t play all of them.
“When you have young legs around you and a bit of naiveté next to the experienced players here, you’ve got a good blend.
“If we get that blend then we will be in a strong position.”