With the arrival of Lionel Ainsworth, the loss of last season's squadron of pacy attackers might not be felt so keenly on the flagging flanks of Fir Park.
Stuart McCall, Ainsworth's new manager, has long desired someone to fill the vacated whizzing boots of the departed Chris Humphrey and Henrik Ojamaa. "I remember Stuart from when I was a youngster at Hereford and he was at Bradford," the 25-year-old revealed. "In those days I was flying and I hope I can still fly like that. In fact, I think I've got a bit quicker since."
The news will be up-tempo music to the ears of Motherwell fans who, after a mildly disappointing start, will be hoping their heroes have put on their spikes and are back on track following last week's narrow victory over Partick Thistle. The next stretch contains this evening's late kick-off against Kilmarnock; an exciting prospect for Ainsworth, not least because it offers something he never had in the lower leagues of England: the chance to star on television.
"I'm not sure why the Scottish game is seen the way it is in England," Ainsworth said. "When you see how televised it is, it's massive. You don't get that in League One and League Two. I've played for a lot of clubs and been on TV two or three times."
It is peculiar that Scottish football is so maligned in the outer edges of the English football system, since it has been a catapult to the big leagues for many; and the media spotlight and television coverage provide a somewhat convincing imitation of top-tier glamour.
"I didn't realise how big a deal the SPFL Premiership is until I got here," Ainsworth said. "Across the border, there is not much talk about what's going on. If there is, it's negative. But there are a lot of players who have come up and enjoyed it."
McCall admitted last week he had been reluctant to sign players he had not personally seen; that he prefers to rely on the judgement of his own eyes. The fact that he knew exactly what was on the other end of this deal was one of the driving forces behind it. "Stuart knows what I'm about," he confirmed. "I'm a direct player. I go for goal and I can put crosses into the box for strikers."
Ainsworth has long flitted up and down the wings of League One and League Two, flirting with clubs for the best part of a decade but never quite finding the commitment needed to cure his wanderlust. If a permanent deal in Scotland was to be put on the table? "I'll be looking to make that happen," he confirmed.
Some 35 miles away, another wide man is pleased with how he has settled down into Kilmarnock's first team. Rabiu Ibrahim moved to Rugby Park in January after his career stalled at Celtic following similarly disappointing lean spells at Sporting Lisbon and PSV Eindhoven. The Nigerian youth internationalist has, though, started his last four games and is showing the kind of form which once saw him touted as one of Africa's most promising youngsters.
"It's been a big adjustment, coming from a big club like Celtic to Kilmarnock," he admitted. "But sometimes when things aren't going well for you, you have to take one step back in order to go forward. That's what I did and it's working for me."
The classic winger is, of course, notoriously tricky, but Ibrahim admitted he has been expanding his array of feints and fakes by plundering his manager Allan Johnston's considerable repertoire. "Every time I watch him, I steal something," he revealed. "I didn't know much about him before, but sometimes he joins in training and you think, wow, he can play. For me he is a magician. Someone told me his nickname was Magic. I said, 'wow, really? I was right'."
All might be well with the attitude and form of Kilmarnock's young trickster-de-jour, but it's certainly not with the club's form. Four league games have come and gone without a win, as well as this season's chance of lifting the League Cup.
The announcement that Michael Gardyne has been signed on loan from Dundee United until January was offset yesterday by the loss of Paul Heffernan to Hibernian. Last minute comings and goings aside, though, Ibrahim recognises that things have to improve, starting with tonight's match at Motherwell.
"We are all sad. Nobody is happy," he revealed. "I have to work harder myself, I have to muck in. I can't just keep going forward and not come back and help out. I know I'm not too good at mucking in right now, but I'm working on that."