Huddersfield Town have been the subject of numerous formations already this season, with caretaker manager Mark Lillis making his mark ripping up the 3-5-2 setup the departed Mark Robins had sought to implement and perfect last season.

The three-man backline yielded mixed results but Town's nadir under Robins - the 4-0 opening-day defeat to Bournemouth - resulted in the setup being scrapped in favour of four in defence, something Joel Lynch has publicly praised about Lillis' interim tenure.

Town have looked more solid defensively, naturally, with increased defensive personnel but Lillis has faced a conundrum at the other end of the field in recent times.

Shorn of first-class attacking talent amid James Vaughan's return from injury, there have been various experimentations at the tip of the frontline, with Nahki Wells either entrusted with a lone striking berth or being partnered with Jonathan Stead or Harry Bunn.

In both instances, they have worked on occasion, with Stead and Wells teaming up to down Chesterfield in a 5-3 extra-time Capital One Cup win in which the former struck once and the latter plundered a devastating hat-trick.

Bunn lined up as more of a conventional winger in direct support of Wells at Reading, but signs of a partnership were obvious the minute the Bermudian laid on an opening for the former Manchester City man which he dispatched with aplomb to seal Town's first league win.

But Vaughan's prospective return to the starting XI, as is expected, to lineup alongside Wells in a mouthwatering front pairing brings about its own possible problems, notably what happens in the centre of midfield.

Huddersfield Town midfielders' tackling success (%)

All data from Opta

 

The signings of Jacob Butterfield, Conor Coady and Radoslaw Majewski, along with the exits of Adam Clayton and Oliver Norwood, effectively leave Town two up on the options available to the manager in that area of the team.

One of the most intriguing aspects to Town's midfield purchases this summer is the variation in their respective games and the flexibility it affords.

In Butterfield you have a player who, albeit not a frequent goalscorer in his career to date, likes to drive forward and get amongst the goals, Coady offers strength, aerial ability and defensive diligence while Majewski is a nifty playmaker type able to exploit space between the lines.

That much is reflected in the trio's respective success rates in their tackling, with Coady (100%) easily prevailing over the fellow new signings, with Majewski's 67% and Butterfield's 38% paling by comparison.

Huddersfield Town midfielders' passing accuracy (%)

All data from Opta

 

At this point, it is probably best to interject and add Jonathan Hogg to the mix. Somewhat lost in all the hype surrounding additions and departures in the close season, he has recovered from a personal tough start to begin to slowly but surely prove the quality which was apparent when he first joined the club.

Hailed in his primitive days at Town as a box-to-box midfielder type, Hogg has been equally as effective as Coady in his tackling with an inch-perfect success rate and also impressing with his passing too, with only Radoslaw Majewski (87%) surpassing his tally of 85%.

One of the primary problems facing Lillis and/or any possible managerial appointment is the fact four into two goes twice and yet there is only one room for one couple to operate, unless the four-man central midfield which struggled in the 3-1 loss at Cardiff City is called upon once more.

Given the lack of width, alluded to by Lillis in South Wales that day, it appears as if that test will not be revisited, given the four that started that day have mustered a collective five crosses between them this season, with Butterfield and Majewski unsurprisingly the most productive in that field.

Huddersfield Town midfielders' chances created

All data from Opta

 

On the face of it, a decision will have to be made between Coady and Hogg and Butterfield and Majewski in regards to who starts from the outset, with each pairing clearly defined as defensive and attacking respectively.

There is, of course, scope for Majewski to play on the left flank and the thought of the tricky Pole cutting in onto his favoured right foot and dovetailing with Butterfield, for instance, is an enticing one for Terriers supporters.

From that perspective, Butterfield has proven the most creative of the midfield quartet by a distance so far in 2014/2015, already weighing in with a respectable 10 goalscoring chances created, while Majewski surprisingly comes bottom of the list with just two, defying his status as playmaker.

When you consider the stats given, the best balance appears to be Hogg's industry with Butterfield's desire to break from midfield, but Coady's superb early form almost supersedes some of his statistics and it must also be noted that he has made 15 interceptions, 11 more than any other midfield alternative.

And don't forget Majewski too, whose 4% of long passes attempted shows his appreciation for the brand of football Town harnessed under Robins' tutelage and helping to ensure a true selection dilemma for the Town coaching staff.

In goal, Alex Smithies and Joe Murphy continue to compete for No.1 honours, the defence seems settled even in Anthony Gerrard's absence while Joe Lolley's hip complaint and Danny Ward's struggles for form meaning Sean Scannell, Adam Hammill and Bunn will fight it out amongst themselves for the time being.

Vaughan and Wells represents a strikeforce that can trouble even the meanest of Championship defences.

It is therefore paramount that Lillis in the interim and any potential replacement in the future get the central midfield selection right to maximise their talents - it looks a tough ask.