GEORGE CRAN: Dundee have signed a fresh team – but are their new men any good?

Scott Wright, Craig Curran and Andrew Nelson have added threat to the Dundee frontline after joining in January
Scott Wright, Craig Curran and Andrew Nelson have added threat to the Dundee frontline after joining in January

There’s a fresh look about Dundee these days after manager Jim McIntyre made sweeping changes to his squad over January.

Eleven new players came in – enough to make up a whole new team – as the Dark Blues look for a way out of the relegation mire they’ve found themselves in.

Ten of the 11 have already made their debuts and today the Tele will have a look at what they’ve shown and what might be to come.

Seny Dieng

It’s not all been plain sailing for the Swiss goalie after his mis-cued clearance led to Hamilton’s equaliser at the weekend but he’s been an assured presence overall between the sticks.

On loan from QPR, the 24-year-old is still learning his trade but he’s made some vital stops already and commands his area well. Kicking could do with improving, however.

James Horsfield

Another loanee, 23-year-old Horsfield is eager for game time after not featuring much for Scunthorpe this season.

The former Man City kid, who has trained under Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini and Patrick Vieira, has shown a steady start at right-back both with the ball and defensively.

Ryan McGowan

The Australian international has slotted in no problem at all and immediately strengthened the Dundee backline.

Two strong performances already at centre-back, once he gets more settled there’s more to come.

Andrew Davies

The former Ross County skipper hasn’t had much luck in his time at Dens, breaking his foot in his first bounce game after signing.

Injuries have been a feature of his career but all reports of his time in the Highlands and down south suggest, when he’s fit, he’s a strong leader at the back.

Andreas Hadenius

Not much was known about the big Swede before he signed for the Dark Blues just over a fortnight ago.

We still don’t know too much but he’s shown in his two starts so far that he’s a ball-winner in the middle of the park who keeps possession ticking over.

Ethan Robson

Parent club Sunderland rate this kid highly and Jim McIntyre admitted he was surprised to be able to get the midfielder in on loan.

His debut at Hamilton on Saturday largely passed him by before picking up a groin issue that kept him out of the 2-2 draw at Kilmarnock.

Once up to speed, the hope is Robson can begin to realise the potential plenty down south recognise.

John O’Sullivan

Another loanee largely unknown up here, O’Sullivan made a fleeting debut at New Douglas Park last weekend.

Andy Dales

Andreas Hadenius and Andy Dales (left) try to stop Killie’s Jordan Jones at Dens in midweek

The winger has made an impressive start to life up here. His direct, pacy running has caused defences plenty of problems but his final ball looks certain to frustrate Dees.

Exciting player, though, and an asset to the team.

Scott Wright

The talented forward hasn’t been able to push his way into Derek McInnes’ first team at Aberdeen yet and has joined Dundee to prove himself at this level.

He’s fast becoming a favourite at Dens after a super goal at Hamilton and an impressive first-half showing against Kilmarnock.

Craig Curran

A frontman Jim McIntyre knows very well from his time at Ross County, Curran has shown he’ll work tirelessly and keep defenders honest. A tidy knock-down for the opening goal against Killie, too. More of that and the Dark Blues will be happy.

Andrew Nelson

We were told the young striker was raw but full of talent and he’s shown that already. Three goals in five appearances have rocketed him to second-top scorer already this season but even when not scoring he gives defences a real headache.

Will need support but already looks a real find.

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