Dundee United manager Robbie Nielson threw caution to the wind in the January transfer window. United decided to gamble on promotion by making 11 signings and letting 14 players leave the club.

A huge turnover like that is always a gamble, but so far it has worked a treat for the Tannadice club.

Former Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett, signed from MK Dons, is one of the 11 who has already made a difference. In his two games so far for United he already has a goal and an assist.

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One time Hearts striker Osman Sow, who made his debut in the 2-1 win over Morton, could also prove to be a shrewd purchase. Neilson will be banking on the player to get the goals to keep United on the trail of Ayr and Ross County.

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It is really all about results for United at the moment, and they remain hot on the heels of Ayr and Ross County at the top of the Championship. They are three points behind Ayr and six behind the leaders County.

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Neilson will be hoping the influx of new signings will give his team a stronger squad than the leaders, which could prove to be vital as players tire towards the end of a long season.

The gamble to bring in so many players seems to have paid off in the Scottish Cup. United defeated St Mirren 2-1 and have a great chance of reaching the semi-final of the tournament. They have a home tie against either Ross County or Inverness.

The cup is just a sideshow however, it is all about the league. We will know if the gamble has worked at the end of the season should United get promoted. So far though, it all looks good.



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