Middlesbrough coach Mark Proctor says the club remains keen to add loan cover to theit striker ranks after failing to seal a deal during the transfer window.
The Teessiders were linked with a move for Coventry City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz before deadline day but were unable to compete the transfer.
"We're short at the sharp end of the field," Proctor told BBC Tees.
"We do need to bring somebody in. We can't cope with what we've got, I'm sure before long we will bring one in."
Proctor added: "We've got some young strikers - Curtis Main and Charlie Wyke - who we think will be good eventually but they're not quite ready yet.
"We're having to think on our feet a bit at the moment with Barry Robson up there, so it is pretty difficult."
The departure of Leroy Lita to Swansea City on the eve of the new Championship season left Boro with just two senior strikers in Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes.
However, a knock to Australia international McDonald forced boss Tony Mowbray and his backroom staff to field an unorthodox partnership of Emnes and midfielder Barry Robson for games against Peterborough and Coventry.
"We need to be adaptable and Barry's done terrifically well up there," Proctor continued.
"I think he got three in four games and did a terrific job for us in a difficult situatuion.
"We're obviously concerned about Marvin Emnes because something to happen to him in terms of an injury would make it unbelieveably difficult for us.
"Hopefully Scott McDonald is back at the weekend for us, he's trained with the group so hopefully he's come through that fine and hopefully there's no fallback from him.
"If anything were to happen to Marvin or Scott we'd be struggling."