Dundee boss Jim McIntyre has vowed to give every player at his disposal a chance to prove their worth – and that includes the eight players currently plying their trade elsewhere on loan.
January is expected to be a busy month at Dens Park as the former Ross County boss sets about building a side that can keep their place in the Premiership.
As well as scouring the transfer market for new faces, Jim has also opened the door for the men that were deemed surplus to requirements – for the time being anyway, in terms of the younger ones – by the previous regime.
Only if they are performing in their temporary homes, however.
Today, the Tele has taken a look at how the loan players have done this season and whether they’ve shown enough to be able to help the Dark Blues in the Premiership.
Apps: 14, Goals: 0
The young centre-half exploded on to the scene last season with his no-nonsense defending.
In terms of defensive stats, Waddell’s percentage of balls won, whether headed or tackled, was among the best in the top flight prompting a number of clubs to take a look at him.
At Morton, where he’s just extended his loan deal until the end of the campaign, he’s become a regular starter under Jonatan Johansson, being picked for the last eight fixtures in the Championship.
Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Apps: 17, Goals: 2
French-Moroccan frontman El Bakhtaoui never hit the heights hoped for at Dens after his move from East End Park in 2016.
He returned to much fanfare to Dunfermline but after getting off to the perfect start with two goals on his first showing against Brechin City, El Bakhtaoui has failed to hit the net in 16 matches as the Pars struggled to match their early-season form.
Apps: 15, Goals: 1
Central midfielder James Vincent fell well out of favour last season and was only too happy to drop a division to get gametime.
After a good start, like El Bakhtaoui, the Pars have struggled and sit in seventh place with manager Allan Johnston under pressure.
With plenty of midfield options at Dens, it’s unlikely he’ll play for the club again with his contract ending in the summer.
Apps: 13, Goals: 0
A big part of keeping the club in the Premiership when he arrived in the 2016/17 season, the Canadian hasn’t lived up to the expectation of his early days at the club.
And his move to Falkirk hasn’t exactly set the world alight.
However, he has proved in dark blue if you get him switched on to the task at hand he has the ability to hurt teams and is technically a better option than Sofien Moussa, though his workrate is much lower.
Club: Partick Thistle, Apps: 0
The young Welshman was a big part of the club’s successful U/20 side last season but hasn’t featured yet on loan at Firhill.
Club: Berwick Rangers
Apps: 8, Goals: 4
A prolific scorer for the U/20s last season, Scott has made the step up to senior football well in League Two.
Three league goals and a Scottish Cup strike for strugglers Berwick is a decent return from 8 matches, though his deal has since been cut short to allow Rangers to sign another striker.
Verdict: Already returned.
Club: Stirling Albion
The young goalie came in to the first team at the end of last season and is gaining experience at League Two strugglers the Binos, having earned two clean sheets.
Club: Elgin City
Almost an ever-present for the mid-table League Two side, 20-year-old Gourlay has three clean sheets this season.