BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill would love to add his current playing squad, but is realistic that he has to work within a tight remit at Oakwell.
The Reds have yet to win in four outings this season and some fans have already vented their frustration at Hill and his misfiring side.
But Hill is brave enough to take criticism squarely on the chin and believes the club’s supporters need to have a reality check about their expectations for this season until he and his staff have been given the time to prove their worth.
“I’d love to be able to add players, but it’s about getting that quality. It’s what everybody wants, myself included,” revealed Hill. “But where do you shop? Aldi or Selfridges?
“It’s the same in football. I think there’s a lot of quality in Aldi if I’m being perfectly honest, but if I want a treat I go to Selfridges.
“It’s a combination of trying to find the two. We do need that extra bit of quality and I need a treat - and I think the supporters do too.
“I don’t mind people taking things out on me, but there seems to be a feeling that they want to be proven right with respect to the recruits we’ve brought to the Football Club.
“Where are we actually shopping? I’ve got a lot of respect for the players I’ve recruited. However, there seems to be a public flavour that we shouldn’t have recruited these players.”
Hill recruited eight new players during the summer, with four having had Championship experience and four without. Striker Craig Davies, defender Scott Wiseman, midfielders Matt Done and David Perkins are all tasting the challenge of life in the second tier of English football, while defensive midfielder Miles Addison, forward Ricardo Vaz Te, defenders James McNulty and Rob Edwards have played at Championship level before.
While Hill would like to recruit better standard players, he knows that the cash isn’t available to splash out on big name signings.
“There’s only so much available and there’s a massive difference where we’re shopping than other clubs,” added Hill.