Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said expectations for this season will have to be set after the transfer window closes.
The Foxes, who started the campaign with a draw and a loss, have so far only signed substitute keeper Alex Smithies amid a difficult summer at the club.
Any signing is largely dependent on selling players, with Chelsea having seen two offers rejected for Wesley Fofana and Newcastle also turned down in a bid to sign James Maddison.
Rodgers is entering his fourth full season in charge of the King Power and, having recently won back-to-back Premier League top-five finishes, expectations may need to be tempered.
“Let’s see where we are in a few weeks when we are in early September,” he said ahead of Southampton’s visit on Saturday.
“For me, we will wait to see where we are when the window ends. What I do know is that I have a group of players who are so eager to learn.
“I love working with them. It’s the longest I’ve ever been at a club, which tells you how much I enjoy working with the players here and being involved in club football.
“My ambition is to always improve and develop and that’s what we’ll be looking to do again this year.
“If we don’t have those resources to improve and grow, then we have to try to find other ways to be able to do that. The people I feel for the minute for the supporters.
“We will always be looking to improve and move forward and maybe we don’t have the financial clout to be able to do anything so I would never sit in my shoes.
“In my life, I have never been a manager who likes to stand still. I’m not good at nurturing, I need to build and create.
“In order to be my best and to give that to the club, for me I will always look to improve myself and the team.
“Whether we have finances or not.
“With a few weeks, you never know, something might fall for us and then we can move on. Anyway, if not, we will do everything we can, every day, from early morning until late at night, to continue to develop and be as competitive as possible.
Rodgers is buoyed by news of Harvey Barnes’ return from injury for the Saints clash.
Barnes missed the start of the campaign with a knee problem but returned to training this week.
“This is great news for us,” Rodgers said. “Harvey Barnes is back in training so that’s really good for us.
“He looks excellent, he looks fit. He had a really good pre-season, so it was a blow to lose him for the first two games.
“He should be available, but we will decide if he will be present from the start. He looks good in training. He may be available to start, but it may not be 90 minutes. We will assess that during our last session.