1. Jonathan Hogg
When the former Aston Villa midfielder arrived from Watford last year, there was expectation, if not quite excitement, about snapping up a player with Premier League pedigree to slot into Town's engine room.
The move has, to this point, not been a failure, but neither has it been a success, with Hogg unable to provide Town with the requisite craft from a deep-lying position and, having scored just once all season in a 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Charlton Athletic, he also struggled to offer offensive quality either.
Hogg is set to face increased competition if Town are successful in signing a new midfielder and, with Oliver Norwood and Adam Clayton already in his path to a first-team spot, the 25-year-old must step up and deliver more commanding performances to secure a first-team spot.
2. Oscar Gobern
Gobern has faded into the wilderness with regards to Town's current midfield options and did little during 2013/2014 to attempt to displace the first-choice trio of Clayton, Norwood and Hogg.
His most notable statistic was to pick up four yellow cards, but he contributed precious little else and there are suggestions he may be let go this summer if Town can find a buyer.
If he is to press claims for a role in the first team, he has to hit the ground running in Town's pre-season fixtures and show Mark Robins and the coaching staff that he is deserving of a greater standing. Any future arrivals could harm his chances tenfold.
3. Sean Scannell
He is perhaps the most frustrating on the list because, behind the inconsistent performances littered throughout last season, there is some tangible quality about the former Crystal Palace man's play.
Robins' main gripe appears to be his inability to combine his flair play going forwards with the more disciplined, defensive side of the game which Adam Hammill has been able to demonstrate so effectively, so much so that the latter began last season in a right wing-back role.
Scannell sits alongside Gobern as a potential departure this summer but given the quality he possesses, albeit after often flattering to deceive, the wideman offers Town various options in attack which may be difficult to replace.
4. Jon Stead
A divorce to this long-standing marriage may suit both parties during the close season as the striker strives for the playing minutes he is unlikely to garner while James Vaughan and Nahki Wells are banging in the goals up front.
His only goal last season was the winner in the 3-2 west Yorkshire derby against Leeds and so will leave on good terms should he secure an exit, but having failed to sparkle in two respective loan spells towards the end of last campaign at Oldham Athletic and Bradford City, finding willing buyers could be tough.
It means Town are lumbered with the forward for the time being at least but, even if the former Blackburn Rovers striker was to rediscover his golden touch in front of goal during the coming weeks, first-team football will be in precious supply.
5. Martin Paterson
Akin to Stead's situation, Paterson finds himself cast aside somewhat from Town's central striking options but what he can offer the club, in contrast to his fellow frontman, is the versatility to play in different positions.
Paterson also proved that, albeit not over a prolonged spell, that he can cut it at this level and has the capability to score goals, as evidenced by his six league strikes after a purple patch over the festive period.
His loan move to Bristol City in March came as a byproduct of Wells' arrival from Bradford and, with the new recruit usurping the Northern Ireland international in the pecking order, first-team opportunities were set to come at a premium and it looks as if that may be the case this season too.
If Paterson can prove during pre season that his goalscoring run over Christmas was no fluke, he could yet force his way back into Robins' thinking.
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