The Czech forward was expected to make a big impression on the Jambos season after arriving from FK Teplice in January but the 28-year-old hasn’t even made it onto the bench in three of the four last Premiership matches.
Despite fellow strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Steven Naismith being out injured, Vanecek was omitted from the Hearts squad for last night’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers, and some fans could be forgiven for wondering if he has any sort of long-term future at Tynecastle.
However, Levein insists he could start to show his best form next season, after a summer of hard work during pre-season.
Speaking via the Edinburgh Evening News, he explained: “As I’ve explained, he didn’t turn up in great shape. He hasn’t been able to impress in training because things haven’t gone particularly well for him.
“I think he needs a fresh start. I think he needs to get away for the summer, make sure he works hard and comes back in good shape and then he will be able to compete with the rest of the players.
“He has hasn’t done particularly well from the opportunities he’s had. He is doing better in training but I don’t feel he’s at the level he needs to be at yet.”
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