Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admits he will have to strengthen his squad in the summer in order to improve next season.
O'Neill enjoyed an instant impact at the Stadium of Light after replacing Steve Bruce in December and he has lifted the Black Cats in to the top 10 in the Premier League.
However, a run of just two wins in 10 matches has left Sunderland's season in danger of finishing with a whimper and the club have drawn their last two home games 0-0.
With little left to play for in the remaining four matches of the campaign, O'Neill may look to give his younger players an opportunity before bringing in fresh faces in the summer.
"I'm going to have to look at strengthening the squad," said O'Neill.
"In the last couple of games we might be able to look at some of the younger players and see how that works out, so we have a viewpoint on them for the summertime.
"But I still feel we need to strengthen."
Wolves duo Karl Henry and Steven Fletcher, Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar and West Brom midfielder Keith Andrews have all been linked with moves to the Stadium of Light.