Loans are key to improving Scunthorpe United fortunes upfront
A turnaround in Scunthorpe United's fortunes will almost certainly depend on what business they do in the loan transfer window.
Manager Alan Knill admits it is proving a 'struggle' with such a small squad and is looking to bring in more than one new recruit when the window opens on Saturday.
He is confident of doing at least part of that business before the weekend.
"I hope they're high," he said when asked of the chances of having a new face in time for Saturday's home game with Sheffield United.
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"It's not one, we need more than one. We need a few players.
"We've got players coming in and training with us today (Thursday), but we're also looking because we need some players on loan.
"Then hopefully we'll look a lot stronger and a lot healthier.
"I've got to say we're looking at all areas at the top of the pitch, wide areas as well.
"We all know we need a striker, and I think we need two, but obviously finding two strikers that are going to score goals and for the price we're going to pay, that's quite difficult.
"If we can't do that, then we'll just have to try to find one.
"I think we need some strengthening around that, like wide players, some more pace and more power.
"I've got to be honest, it's a struggle at the moment. We've got nothing to really change it.
"It's something we have to put up with.
"We knew what it was going to be like this season, and we knew the expectation levels are so high here. But it's changed. Things have changed here.
"It's going to take time, but we're in a results business so nobody else sees that, or nobody else wants to see it. They just want to see results on the pitch straight away.
"Sometimes, no matter how hard you try it takes time.
"We're all trying really hard, it's just not going for us at the moment. But hopefully, when we get a squad it will do."