Hughes challenges Benji
Hibernian manager John Hughes has challenged wayward striker Abdessalam Benjelloun to prove himself.
Last Updated: 12/08/09 4:53pm
Hibernian manager John Hughes has challenged wayward striker Abdessalam Benjelloun to prove himself at the club.
The Moroccan tried to secure a switch to Egyptian champions Al Ahly over the summer after failing to report back to training at the beginning of July.
He has now made a belated return to Easter Road and Hughes wants the striker to show what he is capable of after he spent last season on loan in Belgium after falling out with previous Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen.
Hughes told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Benji is back training with us. He came back in with his tail between his legs, I think. He had to apologise to a few people, not just me but the players.
"It's not done and dusted yet in terms of what is going to happen with him, he might owe the supporters, he might owe me."
Hughes believes Benji's countryman Merouane Zemmama can have a positive influence on the striker.
"He's no doubt been talking to Zouma. I've spoken to Benji and laid down a marker, there's a new regime, I like to play football and I think he will enjoy that style," he said.
"It's a challenge to you as a coach and manager to get the best out of players. There's a different culture, a different mentality but it is all about man-management.
"It's a challenge but I'd take great delight if Benji comes back and proves people wrong."