Managers will always tell you they are short of at least one player. Multiply that by several in the case of the thousands of “managers” who support their teams.
But windows deadline day showed, as I warned here last week, that you (whichever type of manager “you” happen to be) simply can’t get what you want. Nowhere near it. And that’s the reality.
Yes, I fully agree with those Sheffield United fans who argue that two “free” signings - and no regular marksman recruited - did not really compensate for the loss of the side’s top scorer. Not when the club must have known Nick Blackman was going for several days in advance.