The number of chances that Huddersfield Town missed was a common gripe after each game that failed to yield three points last season.

Yet the attackers were much better than the eventual 19th-place finish suggested. A total of 59 strikes meant that Town outscored all but one of the teams who finished below the top ten - and they were the third highest scorers of all the teams who finished below the play-off spots.

Clearly some back-up for Nahki Wells is required.

But the two heavy defeats to Bristol City and Brentford with which Town closed the season were a stark reminder of the work that needs to be done defensively if the club are to progress.

David Wagner clearly isn't ignorant of the facts.

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German centre back Michael Hefele is an exciting addition, following his standout season with Dynamo Dresden, and left back Chris Löwe also comes highly regarded.

A quality player to make the left side of the defence his own has been on the Christmas, Birthday and general wish list of Town fans since the days of Tom Cowan.

Early transfer business - especially for players available for nothing - bodes well for the Wagner Revolution.

But there are still a number of issues in the manager's in-tray that need resolving before the big kick off on August 6.

The right back conundrum

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith

The German boss has made no secret of his desire to sign another right back to compete with Tommy Smith.

Kyle Dempsey had an audition for the role at the end of last term, but the boss has concluded that the youngster is better suited to midfield and should remain there, rather than being converted to a makeshift full-back.

Which brings us to the question of where Town are shopping - they will of course expect whoever is brought in to be able to challenge for a regular role, but the difference between a first choice and a squad player will be noticeable in the final price.

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The Lynch effect

Sky Bet Championship - Huddersfield Town (1) v Birmingham City (1) - Joel Lynch celebrates his goal.

Speaking of price, it's likely Joel Lynch has one.

The centre back has been linked with a move to QPR, and while Town aren't under pressure to sell their best players and any deal would have to be on their terms, the defender is 28 and has one year left on his current contract.

A sizeable sum might prove just too tempting - for both club and player. Should London call, a replacement would be essential.

How many items on the shopping list?

However, if Lynch stays put, do Town need to make any further additions?

The fans certainly think so. Our Examiner end-of-season survey revealed that 44.44% of respondents think defence should be the priority when investing this summer.

Currently, Town have Lynch, Hefele and Mark Hudson at centre back, Tommy Smith at right back, and Jason Davidson to challenge Löwe for the left back role.

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Plus, there is the versatility of Martin Cranie. Is that sufficient for a 46 game Championship season, especially if we dare to dream of a decent run in one of the cup competitions?

David Wagner's love of rotation, Hudson's journey towards coaching, plus the danger of injury and suspension suggests extra personnel may be required before the transfer window slams shut.

The end of the loan system

Sky BET Championship - Bolton Wanderers (0) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Joe Lolley celebrates his goal with Ben Chilwell.

New rules abolishing the emergency loan system also mean that David Wagner has to be confident that the players he has at his disposal at the start of September can take Town through to the end of December.

Loans are now only permitted between each window, meaning there will be no mid-season arrival of the likes of Ben Chilwell to plug a gap.

Long term injury strikes? Tough. (Except if it's a goalkeeper).

Town u21s had a fantastic season as a collective, claiming play-off victory against Sheffield United, but it doesn't look as if any are ready to make the immediate step to the first team.

Although there are some definite gems in the system and Dean Hoyle has moved to bring in a new Academy chief to oversee the younger age-groups, it may be some time before we see another regular starter follow in the footsteps of Philip Billing.

A solution may need to come from outside in the short term.

Specialist or versatility?

Sky Bet Championship - Brentford (4) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Martin Cranie.

Martin Cranie was brought in as back-up, and yet last season he turned out 39 times in a Town shirt last term.

His versatility has been a big bonus both personally and for his manager.

Were Town to dip a toe into the market, should they prize a player who can offer something in several positions or a more stream-lined CV?

The answer to that may depend on whether Wagner is seeking an upgrade at the full-back positions - a new first choice right back, a replacement for Jason Davidson on the left, or someone who can offer something on either wing or further forward.

Davidson is no fan favourite, but at the moment there is no indication he is going anywhere.

There are several ways in which Wagner can complete an intriguing puzzle.

Pre-season should give a clearer indication, but currently Town appear a piece or two short ahead of the final picture coming into full focus in August.