So here are my ratings for the Dundee United players in season 2016/17. But I stand by that remark based on the evidence that was there before me at the time. The Tannadice side would have to take the hard route of the Play-Offs. Instantly he became an online cult figure after a bonkers interview with the BBC before then playing unbelievably poorly against Falkirk in the next round. It made such a difference. He too will also be away this summer. He then had a brilliant first few months and was probably our key player in the early part of the season. Experienced players such as John Rankin, Paul Paton and Eiji Kawashima left the Club, whilst McKinnon brought in Willo Flood, for the fourth time, Tony Andreu, William Edjenguele and Cammy Bell amongst others. Poor Cammy Smith. It felt like there were strange goings on late in the 2016/17 season and if I remember correctly there were rumours about the club saying Coote was injured bu the player declaring himself fit. We terminated his contract almost immediately after the match. As you can see, there are only two forwards in the entire report card. For the past two seasons Andreu has been playing for Coventry City. Murdoch was signed as the central midfield partner to Willo Flood, but despite a decent start, injury meant he lost his place there and any time he was thrown back in he was poor. If I was told at the beginning of the season that United would have had a chance to win promotion by beating Hamilton in the play-off final then I would have said that McKinnon had done exactly what was expected of him. He’s young and could well have a good future ahead of him, but he’s not a first team standard defender yet. I got the impression that he was very frustrated at United and he was maybe angry that he was signed to play a role and then never used in that position. Anier didn’t last long under McKinnon and was released in the August of the 2016/17 season. He’s a great guy, a stand-up dude. Meanwhile he’s got it tactically wrong a few times, not least on Sunday when he concluded that the team lost because of tired legs yet only made one substitution out of a possible three. He arrived out of nowhere and made his sort-of debut in Sean Dillon’s testimonial. A really, really fast player who was really, really lazy. Initially it seemed like Telfer was going to be a great piece of business for United. And he’s also helped out his fellow centre back…. After departing Dens he did what most redheads would do and moved to an incredibly hot country where they gets lots of sun. When McNamara joined York City as manager he decided to bring Johnson to the club on loan but things did not work out and the young winger was released from his loan contract and then permanent contract at United. Telfer epitomises the sort of blah player loads of Scottish sides seem to be developing at the moment. This squad was actually pretty close to getting us back up to the Premiership given the playoff final against Hamilton and things may have been different if we were awarded a penalty in the first leg and we didn’t run out of energy in the second. The last post about the 2017/18 squad went down well (and thank you to everyone who contacted me to tell me that Harry Lewis was still alive). One highlight was a 3-1 win against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park which will be remembered for goalkeeper Cammy Bell’s three penalty saves. Because unlike Flood, Telfer, Murdoch, Toshney or anyone else who played in central midfield over the season, Watu passed the ball forward. After initially heading to Sweden he returned to Scotland to play for Inverness but his spell there was very brief. Of course, a lot of water has flown under the bridge between that warm evening in August and today’s depressing play-off final defeat to Hamilton and I have long since reconsidered my opinion. Welcome back! We then beat Falkirk after Paul Dixon’s late header which started an astoundingly bizarre on pitch celebration by Kuate in front of the supporters. At the moment he is in Finland playing for FC Lahti. I’ll always remember the opening game of the 2015/16 season when Jackie started with a defensive pairing of Durnan and Donaldson with Zwick in the goal. In August of this year he joined 4th division side FSV Optik Rathenow. I think most fans wanted to really like Anier but truth be told he was not very good. Dundee United 2016/17 – Where Are They Now? He left the club in strange circumstances after initially announcing that he was going to retire at the end of the season. He kicks and headers the ball away from goal when he needs to. Earlier round wins against Peterhead, Stranraer, Dunfermline Athletic and Queen of the South set up a final against St Mirren. A site dedicated to Dundee United and Scottish football. But after Lewis Toshney had one of his 7,000 injuries, Durnan was thrown back in to the side and has actually done very well since. If he’s not, then he definitely knows where the bodies are buried. If he wasn’t scoring, admittedly top drawer, goals out of nothing, then nothing was the sum total of his contributions on the day. Whether we limped over the line or not, pretty much every player in that side would have to be replaced because, as they proved – especially since the turn of the year – they weren’t even good enough to finish second in the Championship. Why? In the Scottish Cup, United had an early exit after a disappointing 6-2 defeat away to Ross County in January. He was, and that continued in the early weeks of this season, with him being booed off the park in Dumbarton and almost released on deadline day. Anyone who was at that game will forever remember the celebrations after his header hit the back of the net. That Utd team would be comfortable in the Premiership.”. He was signed by Ray McKinnon as a technical number 10 type player but was rarely used in that position. The excitement of the January 2017 transfer window reached fever pitch when it was announced late on transfer deadline day that United signed someone at the very last moment. Initially with Hansa Rostock he was sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin’s second side but was unsuccessful during this short spell. He scored a dramatic double as United beat Ross County in the Scottish Cup but that was the year we were relegated and despite that being a great win it was quickly forgotten given our league concerns. On paper he should have been the difference maker but despite a few amazing flashes and a small handful of great performances he probably never quite fulfilled his potential at Tannadice. by, [%% basket.cost_subtotal|multi_currency %%], Copyright Dundee United Football Club 2020 -, [% item.quantity %] x [% item.item_name %], Virtual Season Ticket Terms and Conditions, Premier Hospitality - In the Westend Flooring Suite, 2021 Golf Day - Sponsored by MKM Building Supplies. No, he didn’t offer much going forward but he was stable enough. A few injury problems and then an ill-advised argument with some fans after the Hamilton playoff meant he left the club with a bit of a whimper. I don’t think anyone can question his commitment to the club over his ten years, but on the pitch he’s a liability who just wants to kick the ball away as fast as possible. He’s often found out of position and has lost most of the ability he once had. He had a great free-kick on him and there were maybe times he was an easy target but in reality he lacked all the psychological and physical attributes that we needed. Andreu was a really strange one in many ways. A great professional he was also someone who gave up a huge amount of his personal time to help the local community.

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