Cameroon Cup hero Arnaud Djoum welcomes higher expectation at Hearts

Arnaud Djoum knows expectation levels will increase after Africa Nations Cup win

Arnaud Djoum accepts he will become the subject of greater expectation after recently returning to Hearts as an Africa Nations Cup winner.

The Jambos midfielder was part of the Cameroon side which came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in a dramatic final in Gabon on February 5.

Djoum, who signed for the Tynecastle club in September 2015 after being released from Polish side Lech Poznan, was back in Edinburgh before last week’s home goalless William Hill Scottish Cup tie against rivals Hibernian where he came on as a substitute.

Ahead of the visit of Inverness in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday, Jambos head coach Ian Cathro said of the 27-year-old, “I smile when the ball is approaching him” and Djoum knows a greater spotlight will be on him following a life-changing achievement.

He said: “It was an experience for me, something special. I never expected it but we did and I am so proud for my friends and family.

“I have been here a year-and-a-half and what I have done in that time is amazing, crazy. It has changed my career and my life. So I am just so happy.

“I know people will expect more with this achievement.

“I think it is normal when you have a big achievement with your national team.

“But I am ready for that and I will try to help my team-mates. I will just play my game and try to do my best.”

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