Southend United boss Paul Sturrock has said it is crucial he makes signings in January to resurrect his team's form.
The Shrimpers have won one of their last five league games, falling from top to third in League Two.
And Sturrock hopes to find the formula that secured an 18-game unbeaten run earlier in the season.
"We definitely need to try and get one or two more in," the Scot told BBC Essex. "We need a presence to make sure there's competition for places."
He added: "I feel when we address that and start playing Saturday to Saturday instead of all this midweek stuff, I think we'll get back to being more like us."
Monday's 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge was keeper Luke Daniels's last Southend appearance before returning to parent club West Brom.
Sturrock says he will look at the possibility of a return for the 23-year-old, who was initially brought in following an injury to Glenn Morris.
"I have to have a chat with him about things and I'll have a chat with West Brom to see what they're saying about things," he said.
"He hasn't let us down. He's done very well. We committed ourselves to him even though our first-team goalie was back fit."
Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Timlin says he is close to turning his loan deal from Swindon into a permanent move.
"Me and my representatives have been talking to the club, sorting out a few minor details," said the 28-year-old, who has played 22 times for Sturrock's side this term.
"The gaffer knows I want to stay here and play for him. I've always wanted to play for him.
"Hopefully we can sort it out and I do want to be here for the long term. I can't see many things halting the move."