Nigel Adkins is convinced Sheffield United are capable of mounting a serious challenge for promotion despite acknowledging he could be forced back into the transfer market to prevent a looming selection crisis hijacking their campaign.
But Adkins, whose team is scheduled to play a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Hartlepool just hours after the window closes, will refuse to make any panic buys if it proves impossible to secure his number one targets.
Speaking after United climbed to second in the table following a 2-0 victory over Swindon Town, Adkins told The Star that Chris Basham and Louis Reed will be the only recognised central midfielders at his disposal if James Wallace fails to recover from a calf injury.
“We are actively looking to bring a couple in before it shuts,” he said. “But there are no guarantees. There never are. We are working very hard and, if what we’re working towards comes off, then we’ll be very pleased. Our objective, though, is to improve the team and to try and help the club get promoted. We won;t be swayed from that.”
“Young Reedy and Bash were the only two (midfielders) available to us,” Adkins added. “We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes.”
Adkins confirmed the pressure on his squad had prompted United to “reluctantly” postpone Saturday’s meeting with Colchester.
“We did the media on Thursday and we really wanted it to be on,” he said. “But obviously we’ve lost four players to international duty, we’ve got a player (Jose Baxter) suspended and James was forced to pull out (of the Swindon match) the day before.”