Rotherham United expect to step up their recruitment even further as the transfer window draws to a close and wantaway players clamour to leave clubs.
Manager Alan Stubbs has made 10 signings this summer, including six in the last fortnight, and says, with the August 31 deadline approaching, more are on the horizon.
The new Millers boss wants to add a striker, a left-back and maybe two other players to his squad who are in 21st place in the Championship after the first three matches of the season brought a home draw with Wolves and away defeats at Aston Villa and Brighton.
“We were always going to be playing catch-up in this window with the amount of players who left in the summer and the amount of work we have had to do to bring the right people in,” he said.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day. I certainly think there is quality there, but we need to add to that while we can in this window. I always feel if you rush into things you make mistakes.
“It will be very interesting, as we get closer to the end of the window, how many players will know their opportunities at their clubs are getting slimmer and slimmer and that they need to move.
“The need to get out two or three weeks ago was not great. But suddenly it intensifies as the end of the window gets closer and they start speaking to their agents, saying: ‘I’m definitely not going to be playing now. I want to get out and play.’
“We need to be ready when that happens and the right ones become available.”
Stubbs handed a full debut to 22-year-old right-back Darnell Fisher in the 3-0 loss at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday, while 21-year-old centre-half Dominic Ball was making only his second start.
There were two other 22-year-olds in the starting line-up in midfielder Will Vaulks and right winger Anthony Forde.
“We’ve had a tough start. Villa away and Brighton away ... it doesn’t get any tougher than that,” Stubbs added. “There are players who are adapting to this division. We’ll be fine. I’ve got no doubt that.
“We’re looking to make more additions. We need to stop helping teams with some of the goals that we are conceding. I trust the players. They have to trust themselves in possession of the ball. They will get better. There are some young players in there. They will get better very quickly.”
Midfielder Chris Dawson, signed by former manager Neil Redfearn last season but yet to play for Rotherham, has joined Norwegian side Viking on loan.