Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce is hopeful that prospective new owner Carson Yeung will make major transfer funds available once he completes his takeover.
"Possibly I'm one of the lowest spenders, but that's normal for us in the Premier League," said Bruce.
"You can't get upset about it. You have to do your job the best you can. The budgets have always been tight here. This year it seems that everyone else has spent absolute fortunes.
"But I have to say I am very pleased with the business we've done. Arguably, this is the best squad I have seen. Certainly it's young, with a lot to prove.
"I read somewhere last week that of the 16 - 18 players used, we're the second youngest squad in the division. That bodes well. Always as a manager you want more - that's normal!
"With what we have spent on what we've got, I am pleased. We've got a few players through the door and I'm hopeful we can still be a force in the Premier League."
He added: "When the new guy comes in - looking at all the other investors who have come into the Premier League, like at Portsmouth, Manchester City, West Ham and what they've done - we hope it will be the case here too.
"It would be a fantastic scenario if it happens. Until that day comes, I won't know."