Neilson backs Oshaniwa to come good


Juwon Oshaniwa’s coach at Hearts Robbie Neilson is optimistic his Nigerian defender will shame his critics despite his struggles in adapting to the cold weather in Scotland.

Oshaniwa who arrived from Isreal is the summer is battling to adapt to the cold weather in Scotland.

“For all the players that have come in from abroad, it’s been a period of adapting to life in Scotland,” he said.

“We’re still to see the best of them all. I expect Juwon to get better and I expect Blazej to get better.”

Neilson has no doubts that the Nigerian international will soon start to show why Hearts were so excited about the prospect of signing him in the summer.

“I’ve been pleased with Juwon,” said the head coach who has picked him for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership trip to Aberdeen.

“He hit the ground running at first then we’ve had to manage him through it over the past few months.

“The last couple of weeks, when the weather’s been really bad, have been quite difficult for Juwon to adapt to. He’s come from Israel, where the football’s a lot slower and the weather’s a lot better.

“Here he’s had to get used to the rough and tumble. The best is definitely still to come from him.” Neilson told Edinburgh News.

Oshaniwa who is yet to feature for the Super Eagles since coach Sunday Oliseh took charge has been picked for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership trip to Aberdeen.