PAOLO Di Canio does not want to be forced into making emergency loan signings after the transfer window slams shut, stating he is determined to bring in players on longer-term deals before Friday’s deadline.
The Swindon Town manager is keen to recruit at least two new faces over the course of the next three days as he looks to avoid a situation where he is required to use the short-term loan market to bulk up his squad.
Speaking to the Advertiser after Tuesday’s remarkable 4-3 victory at Stoke in the second round of the Capital One Cup, he said: “I don’t want an emergency loan, I want a player who has to sign for us a minimum of six months. Then maybe they sign in January but six months they have to feel part of the cause otherwise it’s difficult.
“I told you since I made the decision a few weeks ago about what’s happened. We want to do this quickly, especially because in a few days’ time the window closes.”
The Italian was pleased that his players will have an extra day’s rest following their exertions at the Britannia Stadium, with their League One trip to Preston taking place on Sunday.
And he feels 24 hours of recuperation is just what the doctor ordered after an epic effort in the Potteries.
“Absolutely yes, especially after you have had 120 minutes because the problem is not only physical,” he said. “The problem is in your brain because when you spend this energy you work double, it’s very expensive to play against Crouch.
“Against another big giant no because you don’t go under pressure more, you play 250 per cent because all the details are crucial.
“When the ball lands you have to react quick because they react quick, you have to do this even in League One but I used to play at quite a good level and when I used to play against, for example, Wigan or maybe Manchester United I remember I was much more tired at the end of the game – especially in the cup after 120 minutes.
“You have the moment where you spend a lot of energy mentally and then you finish the game, you win in this manner, you are empty. It is difficult to recharge the battery, especially at this level.
“Now it is up to me to help them understand and especially the youngest recharge the battery. Tommy Miler, Alan Navarro – they don’t make me worry. For me I worry more about the youngest.
“I have to help them become top players for this level thinking what is done is done, it remains there and no one can change it but now focus the attention for next week.”