Hibs winger Alan O'Brien will prove himself in SPL

Last updated : 25 October 2007 By Steve Forbes
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Hibs assistant manager Tommy Craig has today tipped new boy Alan O'Brien to become a big player for the club.

The Republic of Ireland international arrived at Easter Road with a big reputation and a reported big fee attached to him, thought to be in the region of £500,000, from English Premiership side Newcastle United.

So far the electric paced winger has failed to hold down a permanent place in the Hibees first eleven, although most of this can be put down to an ankle injury he picked up in pre-season.

The Hibees assistant has insisted that O'Brien will come good given time, he said:

"Alan O'Brien will be a big player for Hibs. He has come to a new club and he is still trying to find his feet. I know him like the back of my hand - he has got blistering pace, he has got good delivery of the ball, but he should maybe score a few more goals than he does.

"He has been involved in the pool from day one, but he has not featured in as many games as he would have liked and, that being the case, people ask questions.

"People have been comparing Alan's opportunity with other guys that come in. Filipe Morais has come in and done very well. Because he has done so well he stays in."

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