I understand what u mean, but there are 2 ways to look at it.

The probability that one of the players you mentioned will improve more than a bit, isn't small. If Hans can do better, it would imply that he would be a lot better than last year.
I don't care how terrible he was last year, if he is a lot better this year, our opponents have a problem. In terms of general fit, he is a better match with Hibbert IMO