There’s been a lot of comings and goings at Dens Park this season.All in all, nine new faces have been added to the ranks by Dundee boss John Brown as he looks to guide the Dark Blues back to the top flight.
Eleven games in, his new-look squad are sitting in second spot, four points off the top. By the gaffer’s own admission, they could do better.
But how have the summer recruits fared individually.
Here we take a look at each one of them, and assess how much they’ve added to Dundee’s promotion charge.
Peter MacDonald 10/10
Put simply, Peaso has been a revelation since signing on the dotted line at Dens.
Dark Blues fans knew they were getting an experienced campaigner when the frontman joined the club from Morton in the summer.
But the thing they didn’t bargain for was getting a goal-machine and leader from the front.
Even when Dundee have been below-par, Peaso has produced the goods.
Twelve goals is some return in just 16 games.
Craig Beattie 8/10
Many doubted whether he had the fitness or heart to play, never mind score goals again.
There aren’t many saying that now. Beattie has hit the ground running at Dens.
It looks like Bomber has pulled off a coup in bringing him to the club.
Fitness is still the spectre that looms large over the former Hearts, St Johnstone, Celtic, West Brom and Swansea man.
Could prove to be a 10/10 with Peaso, if he stays off the treatment table between now and May.
Kyle Letheren 7/10
The former Wales U/21 man is one of the best shot-stoppers at this level.
And so far he has served Bomber’s boys well between the sticks.
Has had a few hairy moments along the way, none more so than his error that led to Livingston’s winner last week.
Looks a little shaky on crosses at times but on the balance of things is a decent keeper.
Steven Doris 6/10
Has all the raw materials to make a decent career at this level.
Unfortunately, we still haven’t seen what the former Arbroath man has to offer.
Injury and the form of others has seen him slide up and down the pecking order.
Seems back in the manager’s favour, so, hopefully, between now and Christmas we’ll see the real Steven Doris.
A decent contributer off the bench. Good physical presence.
Carlo Monti 6/10
After a blistering pre-season much was expected of the former Pollok junior forward.
But, when the real ball came out, Monti has found life a little more difficult.
Maybe a victim of his own early success, the confidence soon drained from the ex-Celtic trainee.
From starting the season as the main man, has now dropped behind MacDonald, Beattie, Doris, Martin Boyle and Craig Wighton in the pecking order.
Gavin Rae 5/10
By his own admission, the skipper has not performed to his usual high standards.
Signed on a free transfer from Aberdeen, the gaffer had no hesitation in handing Rae the armband.
Despite some solid showings, Rae, in his third spell at Dens, has struggled to impact games like he used to.
His all-action style has given way to a more defensive role.
Still up there with one of the fittest in the squad, expect Rae, whose experience could be a real asset, to kick on as the season hots up.
Willie Dyer 5/10
Started the season out of favour. Unfortunately a run in the side was halted by injury. Out for the forseeable future, Dyer has not been able to build on a very low key start to life with Dundee.
When fighting fit he offers a decent outlet going forward.
Bomber may need to call on Dyer, with veteran Matt Lockwood knocking on in years.
Dan Twardzik N/A
All in all it’s a bit unfair to evaluate the lad. His only contribution to date has been keeping the bench warm and catching Kyle Letheren’s pre-match practice kicks.
Thomas Carberry N/A
Signed to strengthen the youth ranks, Carberry has only made a handful of Dark Blues’ match-day squads.
By all accounts the slight midfield runner has impressed those around him in first-team training.
A little bulking up and sharpening around the edges needed. One to watch for the future though.