Sunderland's recent mini-revival will not stop manager Martin O'Neill from getting involved in the January transfer window, with the Stadium of Light boss revealing there will be new faces arriving next month to bolster his squad.
Some familiar names have been linked, with a striker expected to be the most likely arrival given Sunderland's struggle in front of goal and over reliance on summer-signing Steven Fletcher finding the net.
But there is also the need to add a dominating midfield enforcer with captain Lee Cattermole sidelined for a significant period of time because of a knee injury, and his fellow central players unable to grab a game by the scruff of the neck.
Reinforcements are also required to a defence which seems to have a dual personality—brilliant one day, woeful the next.
Although calls have been made for a centre-back to be signed, it is the full-back areas O'Neill will be most concerned with.
Craig Gardner has spent most of the season playing at right-back rather than in his preferred midfield role, and left-back Danny Rose's performances on loan from Tottenham have alerted bigger clubs to his talents, including Liverpool. He could yet become a permanent addition, but Sunderland face a fight for his signature.
The list of O'Neill's rumoured January targets is getting longer by the day as the window approaches, but here we take a look at five players he should avoid signing in the January transfer window.