Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle is counting the days to the openingof the January transfer window hoping that the Molineux board matches his hunger for new strike power.
Saturday's failure to finish off Ipswich Town despite a second-half bombardment at Portman Road has finally made Hoddle's patience snap. Having labelled his own players a 'soft touch', the Wolves manager recognises that he has only two options - relying on the imminent return from injury of Kenny Miller and Carl Cort, or bringing in new blood.
Hoddle has so far kept his powder dry in the transfer market but chief executive Jez Moxey has already revealed that there will be money to spend on January
1. Although £300,000 is expected to be used to sign Gabor Gyepes from Ferencvaros on a permanent basis, the majority is earmarked for firepower up front.
MK Dons' Birminghamborn striker Izale McLeod is understood to be the prime target but Wolves have more than one option.
Hoddle said: "I am afraid the lads who have been in the side have got to look at themselves. They've had their chance. We're a good footballing side but we're a soft touch.
"We've not got a killer edge so we either have to get people back fit and give them the opportunity or we bring people in.
"We've not got a lot of money, not as much as people think, but I need new people in. Some of our football in the second half at Ipswich was magnificent but time and time again this is happening to us.
"It's unacceptable at this level and I don't know whether our players realise that.
"We'll look to change the way we train. Maybe they have to be run and run until the penny drops but we're shooting ourselves in the foot.
"It doesn't matter how many passes we put together, what good disciplines we have, what good shape we have, what good movement we have and the chances we create. We're still staring at 31 points and that is not good enough."