Dundee United go into the Championship campaign of 2017/18 as bookies favourites. This is my interpretation of how United stand going into the new season.
14 players have left the club over the summer, with influential figures Tony Andreu and Thomas Mikkelsen’s loans coming to an end. Simon Murray has also left to join Hibs while number one goalkeeper Cammy Bell may also be leaving the club this summer too.
If Bell was to depart, Deniz Mehmet – signed this summer from Port Vale – and on-loan Southampton goalkeeper Hsarry Lewis would be the two options available. Whether this is experienced enough to help out the Tangerines in their fight for the title is yet to be seen, but, I don’t see this area as an immediate priority for manager, Ray McKinnon.
Tam Scobbie is the only player to have been drafted in to the defence and I think this is the one area which may need further reinforcements. With experienced defenders Sean Dillon and Paul Dixon leaving this summer, the fulkl-back positions look a little bit bare and this is the main priority now for Ray McKinnon, in my opinion. Stewart Murdoch and Lewis Toshney can cover right back, while Cammy Ballantyne is waiting in the wings, however, I feel a more natural player is needed in this position. Smilarly, on the other side, only Jamie Robson is available for selection at present and I think this area also requires a further addition.
The midfield and attack look almost set to go, with strong additons including Billy King, Paul McMullan, James Keatings and Scott McDonald. The squad is well balanced overall and will certainly be up there challenging for the title in the Championship this campaign; with the addition of a couple more defenders, I feel the squad would be complete and ready to battle it out over the course of a full season.