Paul Clement admits it is “clear” to see that Swansea need new recruits after they were beaten 4-0 at home by Manchester United.
Eric Bailly scored just before the break before three goals in six minutes late on wrapped up a comfortable victory for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Swansea’s shortcomings were plainly evident following the club-record sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton and the loss of last season’s top scorer Fernando Llorente to injury.
There was no creativity and – with the generous allowance of a Martin Olsson overhead kick as an on-target attempt by official statisticians – Swansea managed their first goalbound effort in two games.
Head coach Clement now has less than a fortnight to shape the destiny of Swansea’s season by investing the Sigurdsson funds in strengthening his squad.
“We absolutely need more quality players to come in, so we have a chance of being competitive this year,” Clement said.
“The sooner we can do it the better. It could go later in the window but the necessity is there. It’s clear.
“We were competitive for long periods of the game. Up until the second goal the difference was a set-play and generally the shape was good.
“I made some offensive changes because I don’t want to be a coach happy to lose 1-0 at home, but we ended up playing to their strengths and they punished us.”