Curtis Davies believes Martin O'Neill is negotiating the summer transfer window in sensible fashion.
The Aston Villa boss has been relatively quiet in his pursuit of fresh faces, with only Stewart Downing added to his ranks so far.
Several high-profile names have been linked with a move to Villa Park, but activity has been thin on the ground.
O'Neill has built a reputation on being meticulous in his ways, though, and Davies is confident the Ulsterman will bring in quality new recruits when he is ready.
"All summer there has been talk of another striker and another centre-half, with Martin Laursen having to retire," he said.
"Either way, whoever comes in, they are going to be improvements and it's going to be competition for places.
"The manager doesn't come flying out of the blocks and try and outbid people. I think he is very shrewd with his signings.
"He identifies who he wants and he tries very hard to get him behind the scenes."
Davies added: "Hopefully there will be more additions similar to Stewart Downing. It's a case of being patient.
"Some people seem to think we manage to lose out on players but that's only because we're not publicly throwing it out there who we're after.
"I'm sure the manager has a game plan because he's a very clever man. If we're going to try and push on next season, we need numbers but also strength. There's no point of signing people for the sake of it.
"If we are going to go far in the Europa League and a couple of domestic cups, we're going to need a lot of players."