Some of us were feeling pretty optimistic about Tomkins, but the Olympic warm up game against Brazil showed that, for all his apparent brilliance in the Championship, the boy remains slow of foot and thought when it comes to playing against the big boys. And Reid, as we know, has limitations.
So even the first choice back four looks inadequate, but what happens when any of them are injured or suspended? Who comes in exactly? O'Brien at right back. OK but he doesn't inspire confidence does he? Taylor at left back. He looked even worse than Demel against Blackpool. The kid Potts? Frightening for all the boy's promise. Who covers the centre backs exactly? Spence who couldn't make the Bristol City first team?
The defensive cupboard is frighteningly bare, yet we hear all this bollocks about chasing Andy Carroll. Are we planning on using him as a centre half given his paucity of goals for Liverpool?
I don't want to hear cobblers about how many weeks there are before the window closes, we have to pick up points early doors to survive and a defensive unit needs to be drilled to be effective. As every day ticks by without new defensive recruits - and we need at least three - the chances of us surviving in the Prem recede.
Wake up and smell the coffee Sullivan. If we ship three goals every game, no amount of strikers is going to keep us in the Premiership! Either we build from the back or its back to the Championship!