The January transfer window is now open and Sheffield United are expected to complete some business this month.
The struggling Blades go into this afternoon’s game with Crystal Palace rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
They have made the worst start in English top flight history, with just two points from their 16 fixtures.
United are also the lowest scorers in the division with just eight goals.
After a ninth place finish last season in their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, this is quite the drop in form.
Injuries are partly to blame, with Jack O’Connell’s absence having been felt at the back. Chris Wilder’s side are yet to secure a clean sheet in 2020/21, despite having the fourth best defensive record in the division last term.
The loss of Dean Henderson after the Manchester United goalkeeper’s two-year loan spell ended has also been a blow.
Yet the team doesn’t appear to have the same drive and focus this time around as they did last season.
One way Wilder can try and address that is by introducing some new faces into the squad.
What Sheffield United are expected to do during this transfer window
Any Blades fans hoping for a flurry of new signings are going to be left disappointed.
Wilder has already said the club are targeting two loanees in January. One from the domestic market and one from abroad.
There will be no permanent signings.
The two areas Wilder most desperately wants to recruit in are defence and midfield.
At the back, more specifically the United manager wants a replacement for O’Connell on the left side of the back three.
Ben Davies has been linked, but the Preston North End defender is understood to be uninterested in a move to Bramall Lane.
A more likely target is Sampdoria’s Omar Colley. Colley is keen on the idea of playing in England and could be available on loan.
Then there is Marcos Rojo, although this seems less certain. That’s because the Blades want another Man United man and two loan players can’t be signed from the same Premier League club.
In midfield, Wilder wants creativity. The only genuine target in this regard appears to be Jesse Lingard.
The South Yorkshire club lead the line of top flight sides interested in Lingard and are even prepared to pay his £100,000-a-week wages.
The England international has just extended his contract at Old Trafford until 2022 and Sky Sports reports he has held talks with Real Sociedad too.
If Lingard and Colley arrive through the doors at Bramall Lane, it could well be considered a good window.