It was a busy summer transfer window on both sides of Tannadice Street.
As usual the busier of the two were Paul Hartley and Dundee who added 12 new faces to their ranks before the transfer window slammed shut at midnight on Tuesday.
But not to be outdone Jackie McNamara was the more active in the closing hours, adding two players on loan from the English Football League on deadline day.
As the dust begins to settle on their dealings this window it’s fair to wonder whether the quantity of business done by the pair has been supported by a certain level of quality.
Here we take a look at the Tangerines and the Dark Blues ins and outs and assess what may represent their biggest successes of the summer, as well as some not so memorable trading.
Best business: That has to be without doubt the loan capture of Billy Mckay from Wigan.
The bloke is a proven goalscorer at this level. And although he did not quite hit it off after his move to the DW Stadium, he brings with him some pedigree. Feels like United have got a bit of their potency in the final third back, after the losses of recent windows.
One to watch: Australian international Adam Taggart could be just what the doctor ordered to play alongside Mckay.
His goals tally in international football – three in seven caps – is decent and when you hear of his conversion rate in front of goal in the A-League it certainly pricks the ears. He’s had injuries at Fulham but should he be fit and fresh at Tannadice we could see fireworks up top.
Worst business: It definitely doesn’t take much head scratching to work this one out – the Rodney Sneijder deal takes the biscuit.
All-in-all he managed just a few weeks, if that, on Tayside. Definitely a deal that will be remembered for all of the wrong reasons.
Best business: Kane Hemmings, plain and simple.
He’s another player, like Mckay, who guarantees goals. But the big difference between the two is that the Northern Irish international is proven at the top, but Hemmings, pre-season, was not. Those fears have since been allayed after his four goals in seven games so far this season. Looks every bit a 20-goal a season man to me.
One to watch: Loanee Rhys Healey is a player who could excite. By all accounts, and from those in the know down south, he was impressive on loan at Colchester United in League One. I’m told he’s an out-and-out striker who has pace as well as a trick in the bag. Watch out for his long throw, too.
Worst business: Not strictly the manager’s worst business (it could turn out to be some of his best) but an instantly forgettable chapter in the Dark Blues summer was the ‘will they, won’t they leave’ saga of Phil Roberts and Luka Tankulic. I don’t think too many tears were shed by Dundee fans when they were shown the exit door last week.