Demetri Mitchell joined Hearts on loan in January and has made a great start to life in Scotland. He’s picked up three man of the match awards and scored a goal.
Speaking to ESPN, Mitchell has talked about life in Hearts.
I didn’t have the chance to play many games this season and now it’s the next step in my career to go out and play and get some games under my belt. Things didn’t really materialise with me playing games from the summer to January and it was a case of, I made my debut last season and I’m not playing much this season so it was the right time for me to go on loan.
Hearts showed the most interest and I thought they were the team that would give me the most game time. I went up and saw the facilities, saw the stadium and Craig Levein sold it to me. It’s a good club. Moving up here, I’ve to take more ownership of what I do. I don’t have family cooking for me or doing things like that. I’ve got to make sure I’m eating the right things.
Mitchell says that Nicky Butt has been the biggest influence in his career so far and that his hopes are to become the best in his position in Europe.
I feel at home at left-back or left wing-back. I’ve been playing there for over a year now. My defending has come on a lot and I feel comfortable going forward and defending. There was a bit of hesitation at first and I didn’t know if it was the right thing for me because I’d never played there before but I think I took to it well.
Nicky Butt was the one who first started playing me at left-back so I’d say he has been one of the biggest influences on my career. I’ve spoken to him a few times since I’ve been here — he has just been saying ‘keep it going and don’t get complacent.’
I’m focused on trying to win the Scottish Cup. I want to help Hearts finish as high up in the table as possible because I know they’re trying to get into Europe, which would be a big thing for the club. Then I’ll to go back to United, evaluate how things are there and hopefully be in and around the first team, that’s the plan.
On a personal level, my dream is to become one of the best attacking full-backs in Europe and I do think it’s possible. Right now, my main goal is to play as many games as possible in professional football and gain as much experience as I can before I go back to Manchester United.