Glenn looks to Leroy for goals

Glenn Roeder acted quickly following the 2-0 defeat at St Mary's by signing Leroy Lita from Reading on a one-month loan. Once again the City manager is bringing in a striker, in the hope that he will put away the kind of chances his current players create and then waste on an alarmingly regular basis.

If nothing else, the arrival of Leroy should increase the competition for a place in the forward line for the visit of Derby County.

Unfortunately, in defence, the suspension of Dejan Stefanovic for two games; and the recall of Jonathan Grounds to Middlesbrough; seriously limits Glenn's options when it comes to selecting two central defenders for the Derby game. He is probably hoping that most of the action will be in the visitors' half of the field, to take the pressure off whichever central defensive pairing he decides to use.

Meanwhile, off the field, the club's finances are in need of an injection of cash from somewhere if any permanent signings are to be made in January; and it remains to be seen whether or not there is a potential big-money investor waiting in the wings.

If there is no new money, the Chief Executive has made it clear that players will have to be sold in order to bring in new ones. This puts the onus on members of the current squad, especially those who seem to be suffering a loss of form, to pull out all the stops in the Derby game, because the international break means there will not be another chance for them to impress their manager for the next two weeks...