With the January window looming, Dundee boss Jim McIntyre can finally begin his Dens Park clear- out. That will start by getting three first team players off his books.
Midfielder Lewis Spence, French attacker Jean Alassane Mendy and Marcus Haber – currently on loan at Falkirk – are all set to leave Dens Park in January. Sofien Moussa, Elton Ngwatala and Kharl Madianga have also been told if a bid comes in for them they can leave.
Speaking about potential departures, McIntyre told the BBC: “We’ve had a couple of chats with some other players. Lewis Spence has been told if he can find a club, then we will let him move on.
“Jean Alassane Mendy is another one that we feel will not get as much game time as he would like. Marcus Haber will also leave as well.”
There’s many more who could leave Dens Park
Another toothless display against Livingston on Wednesday seen the Dee play out a drab 0-0 draw with the Lions. Whilst it wasn’t the worst result, you get the feeling McIntyre needs victories now, not just the one point.
That will only happen if this clear-out happens. Whilst three players are all but confirmed leavers, there are many more who should follow them out the door.
Jack Hamilton hasn’t made the grade in between the sticks, despite being number one for the majority of this season. The former Hearts stopper doesn’t seem to be Premiership standard, and a change in goalkeepers may suit both parties.
At the back Darren O’Dea has been a shadow of his former self. His playacting to get Livi’s Jack Hamilton sent off was nothing short of disgraceful. For being a supposed forward, Adil Nabi has been woeful in front of goal, with just the one goal from 12 appearances.
The most disappointing player may be star midfielder Glen Kamara, who has been linked with a move away in recent weeks. He’s been off the boil recently, and was dropped for the Livi clash. Losing the Finnish international may not be the worst thing for Dundee.
You could make a case for most of the Dundee squad needing to leave and find new clubs, and that’s half the problem. McIntyre is working with a sub-standard squad. It’s going to take much more than a clear-out to fix the Den Park outfit.