Aston Villa's only clean sheet this season came against a League Two side in the Carabao Cup, so it would be little surprise if Steve Bruce's focus during the international break was improving a defensive unit that conceded four goals at the weekend.
Any optimism at Villa Park following an improved end to the summer and encouraging start to the campaign has evaporated entirely and Bruce is now looking to get his team back on track as they go into the break off the back of three draws and two defeats.
The weekend loss at Bramall Lane was particularly difficult for the Villa fans to stomach as they were continually carved open and conceded four times against Sheffield United before Anwar El Ghazi made the scoreline slightly more respectable with his first goal for the club.
The defeat coming the day after the loan deadline will prove particularly agonising as Bruce is no longer able to use anything other than the free agent market to strengthen his options before January.
But that should not stop the Villans boss urging the club to reignite their pursuit of Robert Huth, who remains unattached following his departure from Leicester City at the end of last season. He may not be the perfect option, but something has to change.
Leicestershire Live reported in July that Villa were in talks with the Premier League winner over a free transfer to the club. But talks seemed to reach a stumbling block as the Villans' financial worries continued.
Those problems appear to be dealt with and, with the window now closed, the club have absolutely no reason not to get Huth in. After the 4-1 defeat on Saturday, a call to Huth's agent should have perhaps been one of the first that Bruce made with the pressure mounting.