Leighton Baines expects Everton boss David Moyes to be active in this month's transfer market.
The limitations of Everton’s small squad were exposed in their defeat to top-four rivals Chelsea and they could not cope with the loss of six important players.
Star midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Darron Gibson, Phil Neville and Kevin Mirallas were among those missing and Baines says Everton need to strengthen in the transfer window.
“The manager and his staff work hard at looking for new people,” said the England defender.
“They scout the world and even if it’s only loans, they try and do something as they have in the past.
“It tides you over and freshens things up, but it’s a tough job for the manager because the funds aren’t always there to do the business he’d like to.
“You can see what we’re doing, at least matching a team like Chelsea without key players.
“It’s when we’re missing three or four that it affects us. We can cover one or two because we have a little strength in depth, but any more and we feel it.
“I’m sure the manager would have liked more options from the bench, or to have the likes of lads like Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman available to him.”