Preston North End needed to make big improvements to their squad this summer if they were to be competitive in the Championship.
So far Matthew Olusunde, Izzy Brown and Jamie Thomas are the only new faces from the end of last season.
Olusunde and Brown are both out injured and who knows how much of an impact Thomas can have this season. He’s failed to make the squad for the last two games.
Further signings are needed and players need to be moved on to allow for that as well. With the squad full of average players, finding buyers for those will be very hard; not good enough for the Championship but on wages that League One teams can’t afford.
Frankie McAvoy is aware the club need to improve but doesn’t suggest he is too hopeful of many great additions.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: “In terms of recruitment we have James (Beet), Craig (Hemmings) and Peter (Ridsdale) behind the scenes and they’re working and there are lots of targets.
“It’s just about trying to get the right one, that wants to come first and foremost.”
That may just be the hardest part for North End now: trying to convince someone to join a side that has had an abysmal start to the season. To join a team bottom of the Championship with fans starting to turn on the players and the board.
It’s not an idyllic environment for anyone. The only players interested are likely to be those coming up from League One and League Two but we’ve already tried and tested many via that route and it hasn’t worked in recent times.
The club needs results quickly. Firstly to give the fans some hope, secondly to move up the table and thirdly to try and become a more attractive proposition to any potential signings.