No matter how this next month goes, we need a centre forward, centre back, and left back. I would give the midfielders and wingers time to show what they can do. If any of Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Besic, Bolasie, Lookman, or Vlasic find form (and fitness, in some cases), we may as well save our money until June.
I hope we don't try for any "getting the gang back together” signings, like van Aanholt. It's one thing to sign a familiar face when you step into a messy situation and don't have much of a recruitment team in place. We have Steve Walsh and Martyn Glover, both of whom Allardyce has worked with before, already working on identifying players, so we should be getting more creative than the same boring names from around the league.