Javi Gracia's Watford enjoyed a successful season last year, despite being hammered 6-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
The Hornets finished the season in 11th place in the league, however, they spent the majority of their season within touching distance of a Europa League spot.
Watford's poor form at the end of the season led to them slipping into the bottom half of the table. Gracia will look to strengthen his squad over the summer to ensure that a similar fate is not repeated.
Here are five positions that we think Watford need to strengthen in order to secure a place in the Europa League next season.
Centre-Back Partner for Christian Kabasele
Watford have a strong centre-back in Christian Kabasele but lack a quality partner for the Belgian. If Javi Gracia wants to push for a Europa League spot next season, the Hornets need to enter the transfer market in search of a centre-half.
Watford fell off the pace during the latter stages of last season with
Understudy for Ben Foster
Ben Foster was one of Watford's best performers last season despite being 36 years of age. The Englishman produced a number of good stops throughout the season and showed his worth for the club.
However, due to his age, Watford are in need of an understudy...and one who is a lot younger than the 39-year-old Heurelho Gomes.
An Attacking Option to Compliment Troy Deeney
Outside the starting lineup, Watford lack quality attacking options. Striker and leader, Troy Deeney had one of his best seasons for the Hornets scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
In order to make the step up and challenge for a Europa League spot, Watford need to find a striker that can play well with Deeney on the pitch or have enough quality to come off the bench and make a real difference.
Recent reports have linked Genk forward
A Central Midfielder
Watford have two powerhouse midfielders in Abdoulaye Doucouré and Etienne Capoue, however, when you look at the rest of their midfield options, they do lack quality.
Players such as Tom Cleverley are all too often sidelined with an injury and Domingos Quina isn't quite ready to make the step up into the starting lineup if there are injuries. Gracia needs to target a midfielder who already knows the league and who wouldn't break the bank.
A player such as
A New Left-Back to Replace the Veteran Jose Holebas
Watford have a solid and reliable defender in Jose Holebas, however, the defender