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Csaba Laszlo’s new boys are showing some promise at Dundee United

Csaba Laszlo with some of his new signings.

It remains early days so far as judging new-look Dundee United goes but there is no question Csaba Laszlo’s team are getting to know each other.

After a sticky start to the season, there have been definite signs over the last three, unbeaten, Championship outings that the team is coming together.

And the Tele takes a look and how the new men have contributed, so far.

Matej Rakovan

Dundee United goalkeeper Matej Rakovan

After joining up on the same day as fellow-goalie Benjamin Siegrist, one of the big questions going into the campaign was which of the pair would get the nod. It was the Slovakian and, so far, he’s justified the faith shown in him with a string of impressive performances. He did make an error for the goal lost against Partick, but by then the game had been comfortably won.

Frederic Frans

Frederic Frans in action for Dundee Utd

The Belgian was added to the squad to provide steel in central defence and the fact he had experience of the Scottish game from a spell with Partick made him a sensible addition. So far he’s lived up to expectations and looked a strong and calming influence.

Paul Watson

Dundee United’s Paul Watson scores the opener against Alloa.

Probably the most low key signing, at first it seemed doubtful if the man who was a squad player at Falkirk would feature too often. Given his chance at Queen of the South last month, the powerful centre-half grabbed the opportunity and impressed in each of his three league games to date, scoring three goals in the process. With the arrival of Rachid Bouhenna, he still faces a challenge to keep his place.

Christoph Rabitsch

Midfielder Christoph Rabitsch.

The Austrian has had a robust start to his United career and a couple of rash tackles when he was already on a booking have seen him subbed to prevent the team being reduced to 10 men. The 22-year-old was publicly slapped down by Csaba for that. He appears to have taken it on board and there’s no question his ability to get in about opponents is an asset.

Adam Barton

Dundee United new boy Adam Barton

Captured from Partick Thistle just before the Betfred Cup games kicked off, the tall Englishman has added to United’s new-found aerial strength. Most of his appearances so far have been in midfield, so he’ll face a challenge once skipper Fraser Fyvie returns from injury, but he’s also been used in central defence and that versatility has given the manager more options.

Fraser Aird

Fraser Aird in action for Dundee United.

One of the first signings of the summer, the Canadian has added pace in the wide areas. He earned his move on the strength of performances against United for Dunfermline last term and, so far, he might just have been the best of the new bunch.

Yannick Loemba

Yannick Loemba in action for Dundee United

The winger was an unknown quantity who hadn’t had much football in the last year or so. However, there’s been no evidence of that and he’s made a lightning start to his time with United. The 28-year-old always wants on the ball and his eagerness to get forward has made him a fans’ favourite.

Pavol Safranko

Safranko has a good relationship with United boss Csaba Laszlo.

The loan signing from Aalborg marked his debut with an excellent goal in the win at Queen of the South and has looked the part since. Well-known to the manager from their time together in his native Slovakia, Safranko looks to be the centre-forward United have been crying out for.

Craig Curran

Craig Curran scored Dundee United’s third in a 3-1 win over Partick Thistle at Tannadice on Saturday in his return to the fold.

A dead leg picked up in pre-season delayed his involvement until the opening league game when Dunfermline won at Tannadice. As his fitness has improved after that injury, Curran has shown himself to be a hard worker and chipped in with a goal against Partick.