Given that the Football League season is still five games old by the time teams are unable to bring in new recruits, it seems like now is the best time to provide an accurate review of the window and preview of the rest of the season.
After all, one or two signings can be the difference between promotion or the play-offs, a top or bottom half finish and relegation or survival. The latter being the best suit for Adkins’ men once again this year, and I think that our deadline day business might just give us enough to survive.
Heading into Friday, transfer rumours were few and far between with no real signs of new life at the club. But out of nowhere, names were being mentioned left, right and centre, and not just any names. Well-established players in the positions we so desperately required them.
Despite a couple of deals falling through, the signings of Tommy Elphick and Chris Martin could well have an astronomical effect on our season.
Throughout our opponent few matches, there is no doubting that our first XI was missing a couple of key players to steady the ship and improve the quality of the team, most importantly, an assured, technically astute centre-back to partner Reece Burke.
Next on the list, a target man. Someone who can hold the ball up and bring the likes of Bowen and Evandro into the game, especially when we’re looking to see the game out and, in most cases, can’t seem to get out of our own half.
As well as holding onto Grosicki, who could be like a new signing if he decides to show up and play his part like we know he can.
Although we are still short of a couple of squad players to provide more depth and stability, I’d have snapped your hand off on Thursday night if you’d have told me this is how our deadline day would pan out.
As a result, I think we have done just enough this deadline day and throughout the summer transfer window to ensure that we will be playing Championship football this time next year.