Three games in and Dean Smith knows for sure the task ahead of him at Aston Villa, following back to back defeats that have left his side down in 18th place some 11 points off leaders Sheffield United.
But as Smith assesses the squad available to him, he will recognise that things need strengthening at the back and a decision on who gets the No.1 jersey requires immediate attention.
28-year-old Orjan Nyland has had the nod so far, but has the time come for Smith to drop the Norwegian international?
He should be giving Mark Bunn a chance.
With Nyland struggling at times during Aston Villa’s defeat at the weekend, it should be a no-brainer to give second-choice goalkeeper Mark Bunn a go in goal.
The time out of the side could be beneficial to Nyland if he is to earn a recall to Smith’s starting XI.
I thought it was time last week.
Mark Bunn isn’t glamorous or high-profile, but he’ll do a job for a month or two.
The maybe Smith can raid Burnley for Tom Heaton?
Nyland is on borrowed time. In my eyes, he’s another Felix Wiedwald.
I think it is more the defensive issues at Villa that are letting them down, but there is no reason why the goalkeeper should not be called into question, too.
Orjan Nyland is the last line of defence and if he is conceding too many, the already fragmented defence at Villa Park will have no faith in him.
I would imagine Dean Smith needs to take a look at his goalkeeping situation, but I think he is already doing that as he continues to assess his players.
Something needs to change, for sure.
Nyland’s time at Villa Park isn’t getting any easier and many Villa fans want him out.
With the January transfer window, perhaps Smith will want to look to some Premier League outcasts, that would bring real experience and quality, and would also be available at a cut-price.