With nine games of the season left, 11th-placed Chesterfield realistically need to win six to retain serious play-off aspirations.
To achieve that, it certainly looks like Paul Cook will have to add to his squad, particularly in attack.
Sam Clucas looks set to remain as the first choice front man for the time being; Byron Harrison, absent from the last three matches due to a family bereavement, has yet to prove himself at the Proact Stadium whilst former Owls man striker Mani Dieseruvwe is one for the future rather than one for right now. They’re Cook’s only currently available options.
Armand Gnanduillet is out on loan at Oxford United and has featured for just over ten minutes in their last four games, indicating he’s probably not uprooting trees.
Charlie Dawes has been released and Caolan Lavery is back at Hillsborough.
The final emergency loan deadline coming up at 5pm on Thursday.
The manager has frequently been frustrated in previous bids to bring in fresh faces and he’s recently indicated that players that are available for loan are generally lacking match fitness and may take too long to get to the performance level required.
Chesterfield’s Under 18 side travel to Shrewsbury Town today in the semi-final of the Midland Youth Cup, having only managed a 1-1 draw in the league at the weekend against lowly Hartlepool United.
However, youth manager Mark Smith rested a few of his normal eleven with the cup in mind.
Fortunately, main rivals for the league title, Bradford City, also only drew.
The two sides have yet to meet this season and the results of those two matches are key to the destiny of the North East Youth Alliance title.