The summer of change at Tannadice has only just begun but the new-look Dundee United side is starting to take shape – what kind of shape are they in exactly, though?
So far, the Tangerines have decimated last season’s pool with almost a full matchday squad list heading out the door.
That left them with a skeleton squad before their business really got started last week.
Five faces are in the door with the few players manager Csaba Laszlo wanted to keep given new contracts.
More will be coming in during the next few weeks but, right now, how are they shaping up?
Deniz Mehmet looked certain to be the man between the sticks this season but for his knee injury picked up at the end of last season.
With Harry Lewis heading back to Southampton after his loan, highly-rated youth keeper Josh Donaldson is the only fit goalie at the club.
Verdict: A goalkeeper is certainly on the shopping list.
Two defenders have been brought in already this summer in Sam Wardrop and Callum Booth.
Booth is expected to be first choice at left-back ahead of Jamie Robson while Wardrop will battle it out with Stewart Murdoch on the right.
Though Murdoch has slotted in at centre-half, there is a big gap to be filled in that position.
William Edjenguele, Tam Scobbie and Lewis Toshney are still around but Csaba and head scout Paul Sturrock are certainly looking for two starting centre-backs.
Verdict: Big gap to fill in the middle but full-back positions look solid.
Fit and healthy, Dundee United’s central midfield places are pretty much sewn up.
Fraser Fyvie and Sam Stanton are the club’s stand-out talents at the moment and will occupy the middle of the park without doubt when available.
In reserve is Scott Allardice after he signed a new one-year deal.
Out wide, Fraser Aird has been brought in to play on the left side while Billy King is likely to start on the right.
Paul McMullan hasn’t always been Csaba’s cup of tea but showed at the start of last season how effective he can be from the wings while youngster Matty Smith has slotted in out wide at times, though is nominally a striker.
Verdict: Centre is strong when fit but numbers needed for a long season.
The biggest capture so far by the Tangerines has been striker Nicky Clark coming from Dunfermline on a free transfer.
The former Queen of the South and Rangers man has scored 29 goals in his last 62 matches in the Championship and is tasked with being Csaba’s main goal threat.
Also in is former Ross County striker Craig Curran.
The battling forward has never been prolific but his job will be to provide ammunition for Clark, while knocking in a few himself.
James Keatings, too, is still around at Tannadice after a season beset by injury and personal problems. He’ll seem like a new signing if he can rediscover the form that helped Hamilton, Hearts and Hibs gain promotion to the top flight.
Verdict: Looking good up top.
Overall: With just 18 first-team players on the books, work is obviously still to be done but initial signs look promising. Adding solid defenders, however, is vital.