West ham's apparent capture of Stephen Hendrie from Hamilton suggests that the club are thinking ahead to the future - an aspect of planning that has not been to the fore during Big Sam's reign. However, the impressive performances of Aaron Cresswell - who can add 'not injury prone' to his fast feet, willingness to get forward and classy delivery attributes, makes one wonder what the signing of a promising left back means for our existing squad?
Young Dan Potts has impressed on the occasions he has been given an opportunity to shine. However, despite his excellent attitude and discipline, his relative lack of physical prowess has been a recurring consideration that has impeded his progress under Big Sam.
With the adaptable Joey O'Brien always available to fill any defensive gap that appears, the omens are not good for young Potts. Moreover, with Cresswell having nailed down the left back berth, one wonders if Hendrie will be happy to play understudy?
Progress is good but there are casualties along the way. With Pott's contract expiring in the Summer, there will undoubtedly be some interesting developments ahead.