Kenny Jackett must retain Pompey’s one out, one in policy upon next month’s resumption of the transfer window.
However, Drew Talbot’s departure has already created a defensive space which can be filled.
I think so far we have done well. We are within touching distance, are certainly competitive and it is interesting for our supportersKenny Jackett
With Tornante sticking to the budget set by fan ownership ahead of their arrival, Jackett must again manoeuvre his playing squad in order to strengthen.
It’s an approach which helped recruit four players on the last transfer deadline day.
Pompey’s boss has spoken to the owners and chief executive Mark Catlin over his January targets.
And he is confident the squad can be improved when the window opens.
Jackett said: ‘We are a budgeted club and I do think that one out, one in will be our policy in January.
‘The owners have seen the club escalate and have problems financially before and obviously they are new to the industry as well.
‘It has been stated that we are going to stick with the budget we have – and we are determined to be successful under those parameters.
‘I think so far we have done well. We are within touching distance, are certainly competitive and it is interesting for our supporters.
‘We wish Drew (Talbot) all the very best and by the transfer window we need to be strengthening in defence somewhere.
‘Is it tricky to operate under, but generally within a squad there is an evolution anyway because people’s contracts come to an end and somewhere along the line they do need sorting out.
‘We have a nice-sized group where almost everybody has been within touching distance (of the first-team) all the time and that is pretty good.
‘It’s going well looking for new players.
‘The owners understand what we are trying to do and where we can strengthen we will.’
Jackett’s hand has also been strengthened by next month’s expiry of Damien McCrory’s loan from Burton.
The left-back has not featured since September following a knee operation and has been recuperating with his parent club.
But the Blues boss is not anticipating too many new faces in his seventh-placed side.
He added: ‘I don’t think there will be many changes, I really don’t think so.
‘I certainly hope we don’t get any long-term injuries that suddenly changes the picture.
‘I am pleased with the group and think they can keep competing and fighting.
‘At times I feel slightly light, but then the good side of that is everybody’s close to the starting XI and that is a bonus as well.
‘We’ve had two suspensions – Thompson and O’Keefe – which have affected team selection.
‘But after that, changes have been down to injuries, which do happen, creating opportunities for other people.’