Nade central to Hearts plans - Frail

Hearts coach Stephen Frail says striker Christian Nade is central to their plans this season.

"We are creating and finishing now, that's the pleasing thing," he told the Edinburgh Evening News. "We've won six games out of our last seven and we want to keep that run going after the international break. We're looking up the league, not down.

"Dundee United are coming here on the back of a good result against Motherwell and they got a good result here last season.

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"It's important we get Christian Nade fitter because he has shown his talent. It's important he stays in the team and the goals he has scored will have helped him.

"We still have Mauricio Pinilla to come back, plus you have Andrius Velicka there. We still haven't seen the best of Ricardas Beniusis either. He got a lot of criticism in the Hibs game at the start of the season but I think to judge him on one match is a bit unfair. I see the guy every day in training. He works hard and we hope to get him involved more."

Frail is keen for Nade to develop a striking partnership with Calum Elliot over the coming weeks. He continued: "Angel [Chervenkov] and Anatoli [Korobochka] know how the two of them can play. They know what Calum can do, although I've told them how good a player I think he is.

"They saw Christian when he came in and whatever system or shape we play they know Nade and Elliot can play together. I hope it becomes a long-term thing.

"They are good players who have linked up well with each other. I'm quite sure they could also adapt alongside others in the forward line because we do have good strikers here."

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