This weekend sees the first chance for new signings to play for their new clubs and the next chance for anyone who feels they have a point to prove to perform.
It’s still far too early into the season to judge players and teams based on their performances so far but there will definitely be several players heading into this weekend’s action feeling they need to perform and silence their critics.
Here are five of them.
A lot has been made of Fellaini’s transfer to Manchester United such as how the club went about it and how much they paid for the Belgian. Some have even questioned whether he’s a good enough player to be pulling on the red of the club.
Fellaini is likely to start against Crystal Palace with Shinji Kagawa still hiding in the shadows and that means a chance for Fellaini to prove that he can be instantly effective for the club.
It’s unclear whether he’s going to be playing an attacking or more withdrawn role for United but it’s the first chance for him to silence those doubters.
Liverpool invested just under £8 million in the Spanish striker over the summer and he’s under pressure with Daniel Sturridge unlikely to be fit to face Swansea and Luis Suarez serving out his suspension.
That means Aspas will be subjected to the job of playing as a number nine at Liverpool for the first time. He will be challenged and targeted by the Swansea defence with Ashley Williams in particular a player who could focus on him.
If Aspas can prove he can play that role for Liverpool effectively, potentially bagging a goal or two, he’ll then be considered as an alternative to Sturridge and Suarez rather than just a back up option.
Lloris had a terrible time during the international break, making two mistakes in France’s match against Belarus which both cost goals.
There is an ongoing debate in the Premier League over which club has the best goalkeeper and it’s an argument which has been rolling on for a very long period of time.
Lloris has a chance to completely dominate in every sense this weekend as Spurs host Norwich City. He can showcase his ability to stop shots, his ability to command his own penalty area and his ability to dominate aerially.
Walker is another Spurs player with a big point to prove this weekend following the ‘balloon affair’ and his poor performance against Ukraine.
He should retain his place at right back for the club which gives him a chance to play solidly in defence and productively in attack when he does get the chance to move forward.
Andre Villas-Boas will more than likely be keeping a very close eye on the player, looking for some sort of positive response.
Bear with me on this one because we all know what a quality player he is.
Cazorla is likely to have listened to all of the excitement and general euphoria created by Mesut Ozil’s arrival at Arsenal, thinking he can prove he’s just as good in that number ten role for the Gunners.
Cazorla should start the match against Sunderland regardless of Ozil’s presence and he has a great chance to prove that he can be just as good, if not better than, as the German.
Who else do you think has a point to prove this weekend?
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