Kilmarnock have announced the signing of Dundee United striker Osman Sow on a loan deal.

How long this deal will last is anyone’s guess. Kilmarnock haven’t indicated how long he’ll be in Ayrshire for, whereas United have said he will return to Tannadice in January.

Sow is a Kilmarnock player now. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Who are the winners and losers from this deal though?

Sow loan screams panic from Kilmarnock

It’s not fair to slam a signing before they even kick a ball. Questions have to be asked though about whether Killie really think a player who has struggled in the Championship can cope in the Premiership.

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They were likely impressed by the Swede a few weeks ago. He netted a hat-trick against a Killie reserve side for the Tangerines. Still though, his record in Tangerine is poor.

Sow scored a hat-trick against Kilmarnock recently. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He wasn’t even first choice striker at the club and has netted once in 13 apperances. Sure he scored 23 in 52 for Hearts a few years back, but between the 16/17 season and the 18/19 campaign, he has scored seven times in 52 games (Transfermarkt).

Kilmarnock needed a new striker and they found one, but it’s worth nothing if the quality of player isn’t very good. Sow will need time to build his confidence after a rough few years and Killie haven’t really got time for that.

They need someone to fire straight away, and based on recent form, the Swede isn’t the answer. It screams panic buy from the Ayrshire club.

Is Sow the answer. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

United and Sow, however, will be pleased with this. The striker gets a chance at top flight football whilst United get him off the wage bill for a few months.

This deal is quite odd on paper, but hopefully it works out for everyone and Sow manages to rediscover some form in Kilmarnock colours.

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