Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Levein - Getting To Know His Squad

Levein - Getting To Know His Squad

Dundee United manager Craig Levein has admitted he`s not made up his mind about all the players in his new team yet.

With the January transfer window looming, several of the 1st team are playing for their futures at the club and a good performance against Saint Mirren today could go a long way to helping Levein make up his mind about each of them.

With Levein likely to bring in a few new names in the New Year, it makes it likely that finances will force him to move a few players on during the window.

Craig Brewster was forced to release several of his 1st team to keep the wage bill low, with Jim McIntyre, Grant Brebner, Derek McInnes, David Fernandez and Paul Ritchie were all shown the exit door.

That should be irrefutable proof to the current squad that nobody is safe at Tannadice, especially in the current climate - where finances and bank managers are the driving force in Scottish football.

"When I was at Hearts I knew my team so well that I was able to say how we would perform with a degree of certainty," said Levein.

"It takes time to get to that stage with a team and I'm not near that yet with these players."

So, Levein is still getting to know his squad and that means there is still time for some of the players to cement themselves into his future plans.

However, with the sand in the hour glass still slipping away on their Dundee United futures, several of the 1st team squad should be watching their backs at concentrating on playing to the best of their ability in the month remaining before the window re-opens.

Lee Wilkie is likely to be already sweating about his future after Levein announced he was planning to loan the injury prone defender out to the lower leagues - apparently to help the defender gain more match practice since recovering from an ankle knock.

It`s not a good sign for the 26-year-old, who is only on a short term pay-as-you-play contract at Tannadice until the end of the season, but he wont be the only player who`s future is featuring in Levein`s currently thoughts.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Motherwell Grab 5000th Goal
Relief For Craig Levein.....
Brewster's Return To Football?
Barcelona, Lens, Newcastle.....Next!
Goodwillie: A Player For The Future
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Sunday November 26 2006
Time: 12:00AM

Best of Vital Scottish Football

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

Dundee United 2 Raith Rovers 2

Dundee United allowed a two-goal lead to slip against early Championship leaders Raith Rovers at Tannadice.

The Tangerines were already a couple of goals clear with a quarter of the game completed, midfielder Willo Flood driving in from around twenty-yards and on loan Cammy Smith converting a penalty.

However, Jordan Thompson pulled one back prior to the interval and Kevin McHattie crashed a superb equaliser with eighteen minutes remaining.

Manager Ray McKinnon was facing t

Points dropped admits boss

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon was left reflecting on a couple of points dropped following the 2-2 draw with his former club Raith Rovers.

Stats: Dundee United v Raith Rovers

All the stats from Dundee United (2) vs (2) Raith Rovers, Tannadice, Sat 27th Aug 3.00pm Att: 7,434

Team Line-Ups: Dundee United v Raith Rovers

Team line-ups for Dundee United v Raith Rovers at Tannadice.

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes92%
No8%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Rangers 4 2 2 0 8 2
3 Hearts 4 2 1 1 7 4
4 Ross County 4 2 0 2 6 0
5 Dundee 4 1 2 1 5 1
6 Hamilton 4 1 2 1 5 0
7 Aberdeen 4 1 2 1 5 -2
8 Motherwell 4 1 1 2 4 -1
9 St. Johnstone 4 1 1 2 4 -2
10 Kilmarnock 4 1 1 2 4 -2
11 Partick 3 1 0 2 3 0
12 Inverness 4 1 0 3 3 -6
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)