Confused Aston Villa fans appear to have good cause to be concerned about their team's lack of transfer activity this summer.
The departure of chief scout Ian Broomfield to Portsmouth perhaps says it all in that respect.
Manager David O'Leary's biggest problem this summer, at a time when he has been told he must sell before he can buy, is that apart from SV Hamburg's derisory offer for Milan Baros last week, he has had no takers.
His only hope at the moment is that he can get the Germans back to the bargaining table but, within the dressing room, there is still a feeling of optimism that Villa can compete in the Premier-ship with the squad they have.
There are, however, still doubts about the future of Baros and captain Olof Mell-berg, who have been allowed to delay their return to pre-season training as a result of their efforts at the World Cup.
If either or both players were to leave, it might alter the picture. But, as far as the mood at Bodymoor Heath is concerned, the squad is thinking only about next season.
"We feel we're definitely good enough," claims Villa defender Aaron Hughes. "It would be nice to add to the squad as well and get a few more players in to strengthen because, over the course of the long season, you get suspensions and injuries and you never know what will happen.
"But certainly the lads here are a good bunch and we're looking forward to the season and to fulfilling our potential.
"In training at the moment, we are looking good and hopefully we can take that onto the pitch. We know all the supporters are all looking forward to the season and hopefully we can put last season behind us and push on."
Although any new signings will have to wait, there has at least been the boost of having long-term casualties Martin Laursen, Patrik Berger and Mark Delaney fit for battle.
"It's great having them back," said Hughes. "Martin had a horrible season last year and had to get away to try and get fit and Patrik's season was stop-start."
While Villa await moves on Mellberg and Baros, who might be capable of commanding decent fees, O'Leary is still hoping that someone might be tempted to trim his wage bill by taking one or two of last season's fringe first-team players.
It is at least helpful in that regard that Eric DjembaDjemba, the most fringe player of them all, is back in the country.
Djemba-Djemba reported back late for pre-season training, having not come back until yesterday morning on compassionate grounds.
The Cameroon international midfielder, who went missing in January after his delayed return from the African Nations Cup, was this time absent due to a 'family illness'.
Like Delaney, Lee Hendrie and Frenchman Mathieu Berson, he is now at least back in training and open to offers.