Chris Wilder admits that the upcoming January transfer window is going to prove a difficult balancing act for him as he looks to maintain the Cobblers’ momentum.
Town are actively looking to bring new players into Sixfields to strengthen a squad that has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and sits in second place in Sky Bet League Two at the halfway point.
Wilder and chairman Kelvin Thomas have both gone on record to say they believe it is always best to improve from a position of strength, and that is what the Cobblers boss intends to do once the window opens on Saturday.
But he is also wary that a couple of wrong moves in the transfer market could upset the balance of a squad that has performed so well since the campaign began in August.
Wilder has identified the targets he will be going after, and although the Cobblers boss says no new players will be brought to the club ahead of Saturday’s visit of Barnet to Sixfields, fans can expect to see new faces in the coming weeks.
Just how many new faces though, remains to be seen.
“I don’t think anyone will be brought in before the weekend, but we are actively looking and making calls,” said Wilder. “There is a lot of work goes on before (the opening of the transfer window), and has done.
“We are looking to add, we feel we need to add, and we will do.
“I am in regular conversation with the chairman and it’s important now that we are in a good position that we strengthen.
“But the signings, if we do make signings, have to be the right signings, and we have to be careful with it.
“If we don’t bring anybody in we run the risk of not freshening things up, if we do bring people in they have be of the right character and the right sort to make us better, and we don’t want to bring too many in and unbalance the group.
“It is a tricky window, but hopefully we will get it right and make us stronger going into the second half of the season.”