Signing unproven Faissal El Bakhtaoui to replace guaranteed goal-getter Kane Hemmings is a risk by Dundee.
But in manager Paul Hartley, the Dark Blues have one of the highest rollers in the business.
When it comes to players, risk is his middle name.
And for the most part his bets in the transfer market have paid dividends.
El Bakhtaoui has never scored a goal in the Premiership. Nor has he ever even kicked a ball at that level. Scrap that, he hadn’t even kicked a ball at any professional level before coming to Scotland with Dunfermline.
But he is without doubt a rough diamond.
A player of grace and immense skill, the Frenchman — who is of Moroccan descent — was a forward feared in League One.
Give him a yard, he’d take it. Give him a chance, he’d finish it. At East End Park he was lethal. And last season he earned his place as one of the most talked about and sought-after front-men north of the border.
The reason why he has ended up at Dundee now? It’s simple — cash.
Plenty of clubs wanted him but few would even consider paying the sums his representatives were asking for.
Clubs baulked at his wage demands. If he’d have signed after having talks with the manager back in May, he’d have become the Dark Blues highest-paid player. A player coming from so far down the leagues was never going to command that fee.
But having lowered his demands and with Dundee a touch flush with the Hemmings cash in their pocket, he’s ended up at Dens. And he’s certainly got big boots to fill. Boots that netted 28 goals in just 12 months.
He’ll be doing well to get close, never mind match that.
But it’s easy to forget, Hemmings himself was a risk. So too were Greg Stewart and Scott Bain. Rory Loy was risky, too, and Paul McGinn and Paul McGowan, even James McPake. Many said he’d never play again after back problems. He’s been a hero.
Paul is the smoothest of operators in the transfer market.
He has a track record of taking lads with potential from the lower leagues, or with flaws, and moulding them into top-flight operators. He’s done it time and time again at Dens, so I see no reason to doubt him this time.