MICHAEL Appleton says Pool could get punished if they don’t add ‘four or five’ new players to their squad.
The Seasiders have been left short after loan pair Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas were recalled by their parent clubs yesterday.
And while this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Fulham isn’t top of the priority list, Appleton wants things sorted by this time next week.
“It helps this week in terms of it being an FA Cup game this weekend,” he said.
“It takes the pressure off us a little bit and we may get away with it as as the FA Cup may not be as important as the league games.
“Getting three points against Charlton next week is much more important.
“We will get away with it being short this weekend, but we certainly won’t next weekend.
“So if we don’t look to bring in three, four or five players by next weekend, we could get punished for it.”
Dicko and Thomas’ return is a huge blow for Appleton who was already short of options in attack.
Thomas fired three goals in nine appearances during his month at Bloomfield Road, while Dicko hit five during his 22 outings.
Appleton explained: “Wes Thomas has returned to Bournemouth as they don’t want to extend his loan.
“Wigan decided to recall Nouha due to his lack of first team minutes, we have to respect that.
“We wanted to extend Wes’ loan until the end of the season, but that wasn’t an option from Bournemouth’s point of view.
“They wanted to do a permanent transfer.
“We asked the question in terms of loaning him until the end of January then having a fee agreed, but they weren’t open to that.
“At the minute he’s returned to Bournemouth.
“We are a little bit frustrated, as is he.
“But that could change as we are still in the early part, I wouldn’t say the door is closed.
“A lot of things can happen, and I’m sure they’ll be talks over the next week of so.”
Former skipper Barry Ferguson returned to the club yesterday following a two month loan spell at Fleetwood Town.
But Appleton said it’s unlikely the 34-year-old will play again for the Seasiders.
“I’ve not spoke to Barry yet, he’s been training with the Development Squad,” Appleton said.
“He trained with those this morning, and I’ll have a conversation with him soon.
“From my point of view I have a set of players who I’m happy with.
“The players who aren’t going to feature much know that by now.
“To add to that I’d like to freshen it up by bringing in my own faces.
“I’ll be very surprised if Barry plays any football here.”