Danny Higginbotham has stated that Stoke City should have pulled out all the stops to secure the services of Mile Jedinak.
After finding himself down the pecking order, Jedinak had been widely tipped to leave Crystal Palace over the summer and a move to Stoke had been seen as a real possibility for the Australian skipper.
At the end of the deadline day, Stoke were unable to secure the services of Jedinak and former Potters defender Higginbotham had been left bemoaning at the missed opportunity.
Writing for the Stoke Sentinel, Higginbotham said: "I have been banging on about the balance of Stoke's squad not being right and there's no doubt that Mark Hughes recognises that too.
"Jedinak has been one of the most under-rated midfielders of his type over the past few years and still has plenty to offer on and off the pitch at a club like Stoke.
"For all the skill and attacking intent Stoke have, I still worry about their defensive capabilities and make no excuse for that."