Jump to content

Adblock Detected

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.

News: Dundee Fringe Men Are Ready To Grab The Limelight


TheDarkBlues

Recommended Posts

Things have not gone to plan for two of Dundee’s highest-profile summer signings.

But manager Paul Hartley has hinted he may be about to thrust the duo into the limelight at Hamilton this weekend.

If you ask Luka Tankulic and Simon Ferry if they’re happy with their first season at Dens Park, the answer would almost certainly be ‘no’.

On his return to the city of his birth, after spells at Celtic, Swindon and Portsmouth, Ferry, it’s fair to say, has been rather unfortunate.

A catalogue of injuries and an illness, which required a course of antibiotics, has meant he’s just never got going for the Dark Blues.

Similarly with Tankulic. After a blistering pre-season in which he looked a steal, he’s had a stuttering six months at Dens.

His debut for Dundee, in which he netted in a 4-0 win over Peterhead, is the best it has got since the real ball has come out.

Flashes of a performance were there in the League Cup loss at Tannadice but little else.

But it could well be the case Paul calls upon both at New Douglas Park this weekend.

After a tough encounter with Inverness last Saturday, both skipper Kevin Thomson and frontman Greg Stewart are struggling.

A scan, which took place yesterday, revealed a slight strain in former Scotland international Thomson’s hamstring, making him a big doubt for the clash with Accies.

Also Stewart, who took a knock on the knee and ankle, is touch and go.

Paul revealed he will give the pair until the very last minute to prove their fitness.

But if they miss out, he has no qualms about throwing the gauntlet down to Tankulic and Ferry.

“If they are needed this weekend, I have no fear about throwing them in,” said the manager.

“It’s fair to say they just haven’t really got going since they joined this club.

“They have been injured and Simon had an illness — it’s been tough for them.”

On Ferry, who came on for Stewart during the Caley game, Paul said: “Simon looks a lot stronger — I think coming on at the weekend did him the world of good.

“He has trained well this week, you can see the difference in him.”

With regards German frontman Tankulic, Paul believes we haven’t yet seen the best from him.

And he’s tasked the 23-year-old with putting in a few more hard yards on the training pitch before we get to see what got fans on the edge of their seat back in the summer.

“Luka, too, has done well,” he said.

“It’s just been a case of a stop-start season for him. The guys who have played up front have done very well, so he hasn’t really had a chance lately.

“He’s been a bit unlucky that David Clarkson and Greg Stewart have performed so well and kept scoring goals.

“When you come on you have to make an impact on the team — on Saturday he did OK.

“There’s definitely a lot more to come from him.

“He just needs to get his fitness up a level or two to get in the team on merit from the start.”

Source: The Courier

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Adblock Detected

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
  • Replies 2
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Things have not gone to plan for two of Dundee’s highest-profile summer signings.

But manager Paul Hartley has hinted he may be about to thrust the duo into the limelight at Hamilton this weekend.

If you ask Luka Tankulic and Simon Ferry if they’re happy with their first season at Dens Park, the answer would almost certainly be ‘no’.

On his return to the city of his birth, after spells at Celtic, Swindon and Portsmouth, Ferry, it’s fair to say, has been rather unfortunate.

A catalogue of injuries and an illness, which required a course of antibiotics, has meant he’s just never got going for the Dark Blues.

Similarly with Tankulic. After a blistering pre-season in which he looked a steal, he’s had a stuttering six months at Dens.

His debut for Dundee, in which he netted in a 4-0 win over Peterhead, is the best it has got since the real ball has come out.

Flashes of a performance were there in the League Cup loss at Tannadice but little else.

But it could well be the case Paul calls upon both at New Douglas Park this weekend.

After a tough encounter with Inverness last Saturday, both skipper Kevin Thomson and frontman Greg Stewart are struggling.

A scan, which took place yesterday, revealed a slight strain in former Scotland international Thomson’s hamstring, making him a big doubt for the clash with Accies.

Also Stewart, who took a knock on the knee and ankle, is touch and go.

Paul revealed he will give the pair until the very last minute to prove their fitness.

But if they miss out, he has no qualms about throwing the gauntlet down to Tankulic and Ferry.

“If they are needed this weekend, I have no fear about throwing them in,†said the manager.

“It’s fair to say they just haven’t really got going since they joined this club.

“They have been injured and Simon had an illness — it’s been tough for them.â€

On Ferry, who came on for Stewart during the Caley game, Paul said: “Simon looks a lot stronger — I think coming on at the weekend did him the world of good.

“He has trained well this week, you can see the difference in him.â€

With regards German frontman Tankulic, Paul believes we haven’t yet seen the best from him.

And he’s tasked the 23-year-old with putting in a few more hard yards on the training pitch before we get to see what got fans on the edge of their seat back in the summer.

“Luka, too, has done well,†he said.

“It’s just been a case of a stop-start season for him. The guys who have played up front have done very well, so he hasn’t really had a chance lately.

“He’s been a bit unlucky that David Clarkson and Greg Stewart have performed so well and kept scoring goals.

“When you come on you have to make an impact on the team — on Saturday he did OK.

“There’s definitely a lot more to come from him.

“He just needs to get his fitness up a level or two to get in the team on merit from the start.â€

Source: The Courier

Taking into account what PH says above, and the injuries of three key players, what team do others think PH might put out today ? ...... Will he be adventurous ?

Is it time to give Roberts another try ?  (I'm not sure what goes on in that lad's mind) But I think others would agree, he has the skill and the speed on his side, if he chooses to use it .......maybe one more chance ?    And Wighton ........PH was impressed with his performance in the recent game with Rangers. If it is decided he should play, I would prefer to see him on at the start, and if fit enough, and doing the business, give him a full 90 mins.

PH suggests Ferry and Tank could play today. I think we all want it to go right for the Tank.(well for both of them)     Maybe it is a confidence thing and he just needs to get in that first goal again. Would that no' be great ?

Lots of ifs, and buts, for this game today, but it should be a real cracker.   Whatever the team, let's pick up the points. C'mon the Dee !!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Adblock Detected

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

Adblock Detected

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.


×
×
  • Create New...