One of them has scored seven goals in 12 appearances for Hibs, including four in as many consecutive league games. The other currently leads the way for assists with 11; three of which have been setting up the former. 

The duo could only be Myziane Maolida and Élie Youan; the former France youth colleagues who have reunited at Hibs and could be the key men in the Easter Road side's bid to not only finish in the top six but also chase a European berth for next season. 

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If both targets are to be achieved, a team effort is naturally crucial but in Myziane and Youan, Hibs head coach Nick Montgomery has two enigmatic and mercurial figures capable of the extraordinary and the unpredictable. 

Youan: The infuriating, goalscoring, assist king

As shown by the StatsBomb radar below, Youan is outperforming the league average in a lot of key metrics: passing success rate; Open Play xG assisted  (how many assists he is recording from open play on average per 90 minutes); successful dribbles; number of shots per 90; and the number of touches in the box. 

Hibs Observer: Élie Youan StatsBomb radarÉlie Youan StatsBomb radar (Image: StatsBomb)

Of his 11 assists in all competitions, Youan has laid on three goals for Maolida; two goals for both Christian Doidge and Dylan Vente; and one goal apiece for Martin Boyle, Josh Campbell, Adam Le Fondre, and Dylan Levitt. Of the ten goals he has scored, five have been assisted by Boyle, Vente, Will Fish, Lewis Stevenson, and Will Fish while the other five have been registered as unassisted which usually means they have resulted from either a solo run or dribble or by Youan taking advantage of a misplaced pass by an opponent - such as his two goals against Hearts at Tynecastle in October. It would therefore seem safe to assert that while he can be a frustrating character, he is capable of producing goals out of nothing. 

Youan is also on track to record Hibs' best assist tally since Hibs returned to the top flight ahead of the 2017/18 season. His current total of 11 equals that achieved by Scott Allan in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign and Stevie Mallan during the 2018/19 season and is one better than Daryl Horgan's ten in the same season as Mallan. Ironically the man to beat is current team-mate Boyle, who managed 13 assists during the 2017/18 campaign and 12 (as well as 15 goals) during the 2020/21 season. 

There is every chance that the Frenchman will take his fellow winger's assist crown since the club's return to the Scottish Premiership - but the odds are probably stacked against the former Nantes youngster usurping the 17 assists recorded by Scott Allan in season 2014/15, or the 16 registered by Liam Henderson the following season. 

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Youan remains a polarising figure amongst sections of the support. Certainly his talent is not in any doubt but his concentration levels and defensive nous can sometimes be called into question. However, it would be fair to say that he has been involved in more goals scored than goals conceded, which is ultimately on what he is measured.  

The onus is on Youan to keep fashioning goals in the immediate short-term for Hibs' top-six chances, but he will need to maintain that focus for the final five games if they are to have a shot at Europe as well. Of course, it's not just him... 

Myziane: Goals in vital moments

Trawling through Myziane Maolida's seven goals in all competitions since he arrived at Hibs makes for interesting reading. Goal one; the equaliser against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park after Hibs had been 2-0 down. Goal two; the opener against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup fifth round after a goalless first half in the Highland capital. Goal three; the winner against Hibs' top-six rivals Dundee just minutes after the Dark Blues had equaliser. Goal four; the opener against Ross County after a goalless first half at Easter Road. Goal five; the equaliser against Ross County after Josh Sims' opener in Dingwall. Goal six; a quickfire second just moments after Jordan Obita's opener against Livingston. Goal seven; the equaliser against Rangers which, had Hibs not conceded five minutes later, would have sent the sides in level at the half-time break at Ibrox. 

In other words, the Comoros internationalist scores important goals at key moments - and not just against lower-table opposition either: he's scored against Rangers, Kilmarnock, and Dundee as well as netting against Livingston and Ross County in league matches. 

Hibs Observer: Myziane Maolida's StatsBomb radarMyziane Maolida's StatsBomb radar (Image: StatsBomb)

As with Youan, Myziane is outperforming the league average in a number of key areas per 90; namely: successful dribbles, expected goals (xG), xG/shot; pressure regains, open play xG assisted, successful box crosses, shots, touches in the box, and passing. 

He mostly passes the eye test as well; whether it's his pace, his eye for goal, or his trickery he is a handful for opposition defences. 

Like Youan, Myziane exudes that 'he-might-just-do-something' aura. His first goal for Hibs, against Kilmarnock, came out of virtually nothing and against Rangers, he appeared to have lost control of the ball before poking it past Jack Butland. 

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It feels like Hibs have a genuine game-changer, or game-winner, on their hands with Myziane, who probably isn't even at full tilt yet, given the length of time he spent playing for Hertha BSC's second team in the Regionalliga in Germany. His debut against Rangers back in January wasn't the best but since then he has shown more and more with each passing game. Eight goal contributions in 13 games speaks for itself and you wouldn't bet against him adding to that tally before the end of the season.

Myziane and Youan's form has also eased some of the pressure on Boyle, who despite injury, fatigue, and international duty has still managed nine goals and four assists of his own in 34 games this season.

While every Hibs player needs to be firing on all cylinders for the final two pre-split games and, assuming the side sneaks into the top six, the five post-split fixtures, the individual and dual form of Myziane and Youan could give cause for optimism that there could be a positive ending to what has been an up and down season.