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Hearts Starlet Harry Cochrane Reveals Taking Ballet and Watching Xavi Helps Him Develop

Hearts Starlet Harry Cochrane Reveals Taking Ballet and Watching Xavi Helps Him Develop

Hearts starlet Harry Cochrane has revealed that taking ballet, taekwondo and watching footage of Barcelona legend Xavi is helping him develop into one of Scotland’s most promising footballers.

The 16-year-old has been tipped for stardom by those in the know around Tynecastle for some time now but anybody unfamiliar with Cochrane were soon brought up to speed by last month’s 4-0 win over Celtic, where the teenager scored and was absolutely outstanding.

Cochrane is a product of the Performance School programme and has urged Scottish football’s brightest prospects to not even think twice about applying for the next academic year.

Speaking via the SFA’s official website, Cochrane has been detailing what life has been like at the Performance School, and how techniques that might have sounded unorthodox a few years ago have really helped him develop.

He says: “I think it’s important to be able to move the ball on accurately and quickly so I’d watch footage of Xavi. Like me, he’s not naturally the quickest but his game awareness more than made up for that.

“I remember we incorporated elements of ballet and taekwondo to help improve our balance and flexibility. Maybe at first I thought it was a bit strange, when you’re being asked to shout as you punch a bag, but I’m used to doing yoga at Hearts to help us relax and stretch and that would probably have sounded odd to boys a few years ago.

“Now it’s accepted that stuff like that can only be good for our all-round development. Football’s always changing.”

And when asked for his highlight in football so far, there might not be many matches to choose from, but Harry is certain of his answer.

He concluded: “It sounds like an obvious answer but the goal against Celtic. That was the best day of my life, so far. Christophe Berra had been moaning at me for not shooting earlier in the game, so I knew I had to let fly the next chance I got.

“Thankfully it paid off. I have to thank Craig Levein and Hearts for showing the faith they have in me.”

Who’d have thought it, eh? Having seen him play, do you think Cochrane has all the makings of a future Scotland player?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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