The loan window remains open for Championship clubs to strengthen and will do for another eleven days.
Clubs will be assessing their current offering, hoping to find the right players to complete their hand ahead of the barren period, the time when they have to make do with what they’ve got.
Nobody wants to be lumbered with a flop, but similarly no manager wants to go into the critical period before Christmas with a weak squad.
Get things right in the next eleven days and a manager will be lauded. Get it wrong, he’ll be in the Job centre before the lights go up in city centres across England.
Stoke City boss Gary Rowett will be acutely aware of the time ticking away. His side are without a win in three and have gone from most people’s pre-season tip to the big side struggling for form.
Their 2-2 draw at Preston this weekend showed both resilience in bouncing back, but susceptibility in defence.
They need new recruits as much as anyone, so here FLW look at three Premier League outcasts they would do well to sign.