Manchester United fans might be hoping for a signing in the January transfer window - but Aaron Wan-Bissaka will probably be glad if they don't.
The young defender has endured a mixed start to the new season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to signing another right-back this month, should the right opportunity arise.
United's midweek win over Fulham represented another of those mixed bags for the 23-year-old, who appeared to be in a weird alternative universe in which his strengths and weaknesses had been reversed, as the English full-back struggled to defend, but impressed with his crosses into the box.
A lapse in concentration saw Wan-Bissaka play Ademola Lookman onside as Fulham took an early lead at Craven Cottage, the social media reaction to his unfortunate error was pretty much as expected.
Although he's been a breathe of fresh air in the United first-team there is certainly growing argument to sign a new option at right-back, even if it is only to reignite the fight in Wan-Bissaka like Alex Telles did for Luke Shaw.
Along with Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire it is fair to suggest Wan-Bissaka is the only other player in the starting line up who has no threat of losing their regular place.
No matter how well he plays he seems assured of retaining his right-back role, something which naturally brings with it concerns over complacency.
What makes the situation a bit more complicated is that United already have three alternatives on their books - whether any of them are seen as genuine contenders for regular playing time remains to be seen.
Diogo Dalot and Ethan Laird are both enjoying encouraging loan-spells at AC Milan and MK Dons respectively, while academy graduate Brandon Williams is himself being targeted by Premier League clubs on a temporary deal.
Dalot is the oldest of the trio, aged just 21, something which suggests a short-term veteran signing might be better advised rather than looking to sign another youngster who is still at the start of their career.
United shelved plans to sign Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier this month amid uncertainty over the outcome of his worldwide ban for breaching betting rules, but could still look to sign another defender if the right deal arises before deadline day.
Solskjaer has already reduced the options at his disposal by allowing Timothy Fosu-Mensah to join Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent deal last week, while Portuguese youngster Dalot could follow a similar path in the summer.
"It’s always good to have two players for a position because you need back-up but Aaron Wan-Bissaka has done fantastically well," former United coach Rene Meulensteen stated earlier this week.
“He’s young still, he’s very fit and learns every day in training.
"He is one of the best one-v-one defenders in the league and I’m sure the coaching staff are working hard with him on his game. He is there, for me, to stay for a long, long time."
Meulensteen is right that Wan-Bissaka remains a superb talent for the future, but even if United don't want direct competition for the former Crystal Palace man they must acknowledge the need for a replacement in case he was to face a spell on the sidelines.
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Perhaps the greatest contribution to recent lapses of concentration have been fatigue, with Wan-Bissaka having featured in 71 of 91 matches since he joined the club in the 2019 summer transfer window.
It's crucial to remember how weak United's right-back options were before the 23-year-old was signed for £50million, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young occupying the role since Rafael da Silva left in 2015.
Even at his worst Wan-Bissaka is better than most of the other options at the club, but if United are to fight on all fronts this season they acknowledge that he will need to be given a break.
Now it's up to Solskjaer to decide whether that is through a new signing or by giving one of his youngsters a fair chance to prove their worth.