Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that he has concerns over whether his squad can deal with the demands of the Premier League schedule.
With his Spurs side still present in both the FA and League Cups and fighting a relegation battle, Redknapp expects that he will have to push his already 'down to the bare bones' squad to its very limits.
"There is such a shortage here," said the former Portsmouth manager.
"In terms of quality, there are 40 or 50 that have dinner every day but there are only about 14 or 15 who can play in the Premier League.
"When I was at Portsmouth last year we had 10 good defenders and eight central midfielders for three positions. That is the strength we had and here it is completely the opposite.
"We need three or four players."
Indeed, the need for investment is a sentiment strongly felt right around White Hart Lane at the present time, and even the Spurs players have begun to voice their concerns over the size of Redknapp's quickly depleting squad.
"You have to keep on buying as a club - we are not different to the rest of the league," said defender Jonathan Woodgate.
"We want to stay in the league. At the moment we are in a relegation battle and we all know that, so if we beef up the squad then the more the better.
"We need competition. There's nothing better than when you are fighting for your place - it's the best thing. If we get a few in that will help as well."