So what does this month’s transfer window hold for Colchester United?

Historically, the January window has not exactly been a hotbed of activity for the U’s, over the years.

Twelve months ago, the likes of Sean Murray, Rekeil Pyke and Dean Brill were drafted in while Macauley Bonne went out on loan but in truth, there was not much in the way of arrivals and departures this time, last year.

It was not an especially busy window and there is unlikely to be a frenzy of activity at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in this one, either – but there are bound to be a few ins and outs.

As head coach John McGreal said last week, he will need to allow players to leave in order to generate funds for any potential incomings.

Colchester are bound to strengthen their attack especially given last month’s departure of Sanmi Odelusi and Nicke Kabamba and yesterday's second successive 0-0 draw, where McGreal acknowledged that his side lacked a cutting edge.

Losing in-form Sammie Szmodics would obviously affect any movement in that area and the U’s will be eager to hold onto their prize asset, at least until the end of the season.

But with key players like Kurtis Guthrie, Brennan Dickenson and Luke Prosser all returning from injury either now or in the coming weeks, Colchester might not feel the need to add too many new faces.

When chairman Robbie Cowling unveiled McGreal as his new head coach back in May, 2016, he cited player recruitment as one of the main areas where the club needed to improve in the future.

There has been evidence that that has happened, with the impact the likes of Guthrie, Dickenson and more recently Ryan Inniss have had a case in point.

Colchester currently lie in a healthy position in League Two, primed for a promotion push in the second half of the season.

But they say you should never rest on your laurels and traditionally, successful clubs have strengthened while they are doing well rather than waiting to make more panicked signings.

After all, some shrewd additions in the coming weeks could well prove to be the vital extra boost Colchester need to go on and seal promotion back to League One.