9 Players Who Know Next Season Is Make-or-Break for Their Stalling Careers

9 Players Who Know Next Season Is Make-or-Break for Their Stalling Careers
July 14 18:02 2017 Print This Article

With just over four weeks until the new Premier League campaign kicks-off, managers up and down the land will be putting their players through the rigours of pre-season training. The highs and lows of last season are now a distant memory as new hopes and expectations began to take centre stage.

Here’s a look at nine players who’s career’s perhaps hinge on the outcome of the new season – those who need to up their game and focus upon having a positive campaign…

9. Erik Lamela (Tottenham)

Erik Lamela has struggled for form ever since he moved to north London in the summer of 2013. The £26m signing from Roma missed much of last season with a hip injury, after a particularly bright start to the campaign.

Nonetheless, manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely stick with the Argentine international as Spurs prepare for Champions League football once again.

When he returns to fitness, that is.

8. Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Luke Shaw knows that he won’t get many more chances under Jose Mourinho to realise his full Manchester United potential. The 21-year-old was criticised by the Red Devils boss last term over fitness and injury concerns.

The left-back appears to have knuckled down again and a strong pre-season will surely see the England man regain Mourinho’s trust.

7. Joe Hart (Manchester City)

It still remains to be seen where Joe Hart will play his football this season. The Manchester City stopper has most recently been linked with a move to West Ham but a deal hasn’t been reached yet.

The England goalkeeper has endured a real fall from grace after a catalogue of individual errors saw him farmed out to Torino on loan last season.

6. Will Hughes (Watford)

Watford’s first signing of the summer – Will Hughes – will finally have the chance to showcase his Premier League pedigree this term. The 22-year-old amassed over 160 appearances whilst at Derby County and he has been tipped to make the senior England squad.

However, an ACL injury in 2015 seemed to stump Hughes’ development so it will be interesting to see how he fairs for Marco Silva’s side.

5. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

Whether he remains a Leicester City player or not (probably not), Riyad Mahrez desperately needs to rediscover his form from 2015/16. The Algerian international has asked to leave the King Power stadium but finding a genuine suitor is proving tricky.

There’s no denying the 26-year-old’s talents, but he needs a strong season to further enhance his footballing reputation. Or risk becoming a ‘one season wonder’.

4. Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town)

Tom Ince will once again have another crack at top-flight football – this time with Premier League newbies Huddersfield Town. Son of former England captain Paul Ince, the 25-year-old had widely been expected to make an impression in England’s elite by now but it hasn’t quite materialised.

The Terriers winger has a great platform to finally try and demonstrate his skills this term, but only time will tell.

3. Saido Berahino (Stoke City)

aido Berahino ended last season without scoring for new club Stoke City, with this season looking pivotal for his career. The 23-year-old had a variety of publicised problems at West Brom before he finally left the Hawthorns for the Bet365 stadium in January.

If Berahino puts his mind to it, he can go on to have a positive campaign but it’s keeping him in check that’s the problem. Over to you, Mark.

2. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

When he signed for Arsenal for a reported £34m last summer, Granit Xhaka’s arrival came with it’s fair share of warnings surrounding the 23-year-old’s temperament. The Swiss international was booked on his debut and was given his marching orders twice last season, fully justifying those concerns.

The former Basel star had managed to blossom towards the end of last season though. If he can iron out his disciplinary problems, Xhaka can go on to have a fruitful campaign. That’s a big ‘if’, though.

1. Wayne Rooney (Everton)

Wayne Rooney’s fairytale return to Everton feels like the most talked about transfer of the window to date. The 31-year-old will be trudging his stuff again at Goodison Park in the new season but it remains to be seen what he’ll actually bring to Ronald Koeman’s side.

Rooney knows it’s fundamental to hit the ground running, especially if he wants an England recall, so watch with intrigue as to how the Liverpudlian fair’s this season.

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