Huddersfield Town fans are wondering if the final week of the January transfer window will herald new faces at the John Smith’s Stadium.
A striker and defender appear on most shopping lists, but fans seem to have faith in head coach David Wagner and chairman Dean Hoyle to make sure any moves are the right ones and to give any promising youngsters their chance.
Latest players being linked to Town on social media are Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra of Wolves and Scunthorpe striker Paddy Madden.
Darren Wormald, talking on the Examiner’s Huddersfield Town Facebook page, said: “Town have been short of the defensive and striking options for a good 18 months and well before Chris Powell departed.
“This is nothing new and I’m sure David and his team will address these issues as and when the right players at the right price become available.
“A good team performance against a very strong side (Brighton).
“Let’s see what happens in the rest of the transfer window, but also it may be time for the fringe youngsters to take an opportunity.
“In David Wagner and Dean Hoyle we must trust.”
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Matt, from Barnet, was not downhearted by Town’s 2-1 defeat against Brighton at the Amex.
“Although we lost, it was definitely not for a lack of effort,” he said.
“We let Brighton turn the defence of a corner into a goalscoring opportunity within seconds for their first goal.
“The class of Knockaert shone through with every Brighton attack. But we were in it for the full 90 minutes and played reasonably well.”
Supporter Joe, based in Marsh, feels Town need the tonic of a new arrival.
“In my opinion we lack pace and guile in the final third,” he said.
“We don’t give opposing defences enough problems and we also have to learn to be more dominant on the ball in midfield.”
London fan Philip is along the same lines.
He explained: “Enjoyed parts of game – we got away with a one-goal defeat.
“The left hand side of defence didn’t impress with poor passing and positioning, which could apply, but to a lesser extent, to most of the side.
“The adventurous quick passing style is to be commended, but it breaks down all too frequently, after which we are often exposed defensively.”
Another southern fan, Paul from Romford, watched Town for the first time under Wagner and reckons confidence has improved.
“We were at our best in last few minutes when Billing came on, but Smith’s sending off ensured we had no late chances,” he said.
“Liked Matmour – he’s clearly used to a higher-class game. Could see him looking for sharp through balls around the box, but very few tried and none found him.
“First goal down to lack of speed in defence and Brighton tore through a lot after that success.
“Together with the inability to get the ball through to Wells and Matmour, chances of winning were poor.
“For me our greatest need is more speed at the back and faster balls forward from midfield.”
A Brighton fan, Amexer, reckons Town are the most entertaining side to visit Brighton this season.
" I thought the speed they moved ball from back to front was outstanding," he said of Town's display.
"They were only let down by the final touch in penalty area. Unlike some other sides, I couldn't name any outstanding individuals, they just played well as a team.
"Couldn't understand why we let their keeper throughout pass to full backs. However, they closed us down and we had to revert to Stockdale kicking long all of the time."