Over the last couple of weeks, the one mitigation offered up again and again in terms of our current situation is that the manager needs more players.
That’s a self-evident fact and the manager himself does not deny it.
The question automatically arises; which are the areas of the pitch where we still need some strength in depth? And are there areas where we actually need to sign a guaranteed starter?
We all knew this job was not going to be done in one window.
The arguments over how far we are into it are interesting but ultimately will be down to the manager to resolves for us. He has not said how many players he thinks we’re short but he will know.
He has certainly not indicated whether or not he will be making wholescale changes in any one area.
And nor should he, since we need the players currently playing in those areas to be confident and focussed simply on doing the job.
What we can do is look at the areas where big changes might be likely, and we do that best by examining each area and asking what our current options in it are.