So that’s this season done and dusted. I, like many Dundee fans, would of literally bit your hand off to finish 10th at the start of the year so to finish 6th is an absolute tremendous achievement.
As the old cliche goes, we’ve had plenty of ups and downs along the way but we have managed to dig deep and produce the points even if sometimes the performances never warranted it.
Here’s my season review of the players who played a part in this campaign. I know some might not agree with my opinions but here we go.
Kyle Letheren – Excellent shot stopper. Didn’t look comfortable at crosses. Never filled me with confidence this season. Was always be remember for that save against Dumbarton. Wants 1st team football so there was no surprise when it was announced he had left the club.
Scott Bain – Breath of fresh air in the box. Commands it well. Handles crosses with ease. Excellent performances which resulted in him voted Dundee’s player of the year and a Scotland call up.
Willie Dyer – Ended last season with solid displays but he seemed totally out his depth this year. Caught out of position too many times and not effective enough going down the left flank.
Gary Irvine – Last season Boo Boy choice certainly showed us some of the performances he produced a few years back. Played out of position all season and even though he would make mistakes, he gave 100% and knocked I a few goals along the way. Deserves to get another years contract.
Paul McGinn – In all, he’s had a good season. Like a few other players he was making the step up form part-time football and showed up well. Needs to work on his distribution as too many crosses went astray.
Thomas Konrad – Started the season very well with some commanding performances but then seemed to lose his way. Some games he seemed nervous to me. Has all the makings of a good center half but maybe needs a quality left back beside him.
James McPake – Outstanding season from him. Mr Reliable and my player of the year. I had my doubts when we signed him but he’s been a rock.
Kostadin Gadzhalov – Injury and really hampered his time at Dens. Had an impressive debut and in another few games, looked lost. Supposedly the language barrier has been a major stumbling block but he has been working on it. Could be worth another years contract.
Ian Davidson – Played at both Center Mid and defense this season but I saw him playing in the latter more. He received a nasty injury away to St Mirren which kept him out for a long period of time. Was used as back up this season. Giving the chance to go on loan to Morton in the transfer window which signaled his time at the club was up.
Kevin Thomson – Frustrating to see someone as good as Thomson missing games. There is no doubting his quality but at the same time there is no doubting his injury record. When he does play though, you notice the difference he makes.
Paul McGowan – Came to the club with some baggage and picked up a bit more along the way. He is a quality player who wears his heart on his sleeve and gives 100%. Not one for hiding his feelings if a player has made a mistake. Easily one of the top performers this season.
Jim McAlister – Another player who will give 100% for you in midfield. One of the few players who’s contract is up at the end of the season who is in talks to stay. Deserving of another year contract.
Simon Ferry – Another player who has spent a good few months out injured. Has failed to produce many good performances if truth be told but having seen him play for Swindon and Portsmouth, he can play.
Gary Harkins – I don’t have to tell you how important Harkins is to the creative side of Dundee. He’s not know for tracking back or his pace but he can create chances. Like a good few players mentioned already, injury effectively ended his season early on despite a few substitution appearances.
Alex Harris – Joined us in a loan deal. Started brightly and scored on his 2nd appearance but performances didn’t really improve and he will be back at Hibs next season with no real sense of it being a lose to us.
Stephen McGinn – Joined his brother at Dens in January. Came to us after only playing 4 games for Sheffield United and seemed to be off the pace. A player I would like to see still at Dens next season.
Kevin McBride – Limit appearances this season. No surprise his contract wasn’t renewed.
David Clarkson – 9 goals in 9 games made this signing look like a bargain but the goals dried up as did the performances. Wasn’t offered a new contract but his goals will be remember for winning us valuable points.
Martin Boyle – Featured for the Dee in the first half of the season before joining Hibs on loan in January. Impressed the management and fans at Easter Road who seemed to want him to stay. Currently recovering from surgery and his contract due to run out. I would keep him at Dens.
Phillip Roberts – Came to us with a bad reputation. He burst onto the the scene in the 1-1 draw with Celtic but that’s all he has done. Sent off to Alloa on loan.
Peter MacDonald – The hero from last season. It was sad to see him leave to rejoin Morton as I felt he could still do the job upfront.
Paul Heffernen – This transfer came out the blue and happened when Dundee fans were calling out for Craig Wighton to be giving a run in the team. In my opinion, he done well for us. He held up the ball well and put pressure on the opposition defense. Didn’t seem to have a real goal threat unfortunately and is now off to pastures new.
Luka Tankulic – Had a great pre season which had fans thinking we had found a gem but with what would become the story of our season, injury hampered him. His last few displays have been better and there is a good player there to be found but I personally don’t think the lone striker role suits him.
Craig Wighton – The crown jewel from our youth product. Has been giving limited chances this season at Dens and I feel he should have been left out on loan to Brechin City instead of coming back to sit on the bench. This would of benefited him more as he would have been playing week in, week out. Big decision to be made by Hartley next season, involve him more or loan him out to a Championship team for regular games.
Greg Stewart – Scott Bain may be receiving Scotland call ups but Greg has been the main ‘rags to riches’ story this season. He has took the jump from part-time football to full time with ease and this resulted in him being nominated for the SPFA Player of the Year. Everyone at Dens knows we have a special player on our hands and with the arrival of Hemmings and Loy to our attack, we may be on the verge of witnessing an attack that will devastate most defences in the Premiership.
Paul Hartley – He got us over the finishing line to win the league title and now he has us in the top 6. We have cried out for a manager like Hartley at Dens for a long time and now we have one, I’m positive he will eventually stabilize the club. He’s first in the door in the morning and last out at night. He’s also regularly taking in youth games and is in his office even when the team has the day off. It’s been surprising to see him snapping up talent in the lower leagues with a good few games to go but at the same time it’s a great move as he knows exactly the team he wants. His ruthlessness in moving on players is also refreshing and something that should be making the players try their best in every game.