Hearts supporters appear to have a new hero this afternoon after a brilliant showing by striker Uche Ikpeazu in the Betfred Cup against Inverness Caley Thistle.
The imposing 23-year-old signed a pre-contract with Hearts back in April of this year, following a two-year spell with Cambridge United in England’s League Two, and it looks like the 6ft 4in hitman could be a handful for Premiership defenders this season.
Ikpeazu scored his first Hearts goal in last week’s win over Cowdenbeath in the same competition, but today was an even more promising showing against the Highlanders at Tynecastle.
He scored twice in the emphatic 5-0 victory, and the club’s supporters aren’t too shy to shout their excitement from the rooftops:
What a start to life in a maroon shirt for Uche Ikpeazu. Unplayable today. If he keeps this up we're in danger of Rangers submitting a bid of 3 Freddo's and a Chomp for him before the window shuts.
— Robert Allen (@RobAllen1981) July 29, 2018
Did you know ? Pele had a secret son , his name is @UcheIkpeazu
— Kerr Lawrie (@kerr_51) July 29, 2018
Is it too soon to say Uche Ikpeazu is the greatest Hearts player of all time?
Sorry, stupid question. Of course it isn’t.
— Craig Fowler (@craigfowler86) July 29, 2018
Don’t want to get carried away but if Uche Ikpeazu isn’t in the top three of the Ballon D’or i will be surprised.
— Dougie Mackay (@dmackay1874) July 29, 2018
@UcheIkpeazu what a game big man. Keep it up! What a unit.. didnt put a fou wrong today!
— Damian martin (@Damianm1994) July 29, 2018
I love you so much @UcheIkpeazu 🇱🇻
— Ryan (@ryan15269) July 29, 2018
Knew from the day I seen him at Arbroath that @UcheIkpeazu would be a Hearts legend.
— Matthew Harold (@MatthewHarold83) July 29, 2018
@UcheIkpeazu fast becoming Gorgie’s number one!
— Grant Stalker (@GrantStalker) July 29, 2018
— Shona (@ShonaB79) July 29, 2018
Uche Ikpeazu a colossus for Hearts today. Enthusiastic, power-laden and some lovely moments of finesse. Will take some stopping.
— Jamie Lyall (@JLyall93) July 29, 2018
— Jayplays91 (@jayplays91) July 29, 2018
@UcheIkpeazu great performance today. Well done ⚽️⚽️ No centre back is going to bully you in this league. 💪
— Crawford Bunney (@CrawfordBunney) July 29, 2018
Given Rangers have made a bid for Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty, it could be that Ikpeazu is just the new hero Jambos fans need at the moment.
How do you think he’ll fare in the Premiership next season?