The most exciting footballing league in the world will be back this weekend. A lot has changed this summer as giants like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City have new gaffers. I can put my money that even the biggest Leicester City fans would not have imagined that they would head in the season as title holders.
Premier League has never failed to excite us. A series of surprises unfolds every game week, that makes the Premier League the best in the world. Ahead of the season, let us take a look at three players who will have a point to prove this season.
Once a highly-rated prodigy, Walcott could never make it big at the top level. Big things were expected from the English fleet-footed wide man from a very early age. However, despite showing a good promise in his early career, Walcott is still far from a world-class player. Now aged 27, he is running out of time. This could be a make or break season for the English international but looking at the squad depth of Arsenal in the wide areas, opportunities won’t come easy for him. However, Arsenal are yet to sign a centre-forward to provide support for Olivier Giroud or possibly an upgrade on the Frenchman and Walcott could prove to be handy as a number nine. Walcott still has a chance to hit the top gear in his career and this season could be decisive for him.
Just 21 years of age, it would be a bit harsh and premature to term Raheem Sterling as a flop. However, it is true that Manchester City would have demanded much more from the youngster when they splashed £49m for his services last summer. With a new manager in Pep Guardiola, Sterling has to step up this season. Time is still on the side of the most expensive English footballer in history. We have to wait and see how the 21-year-old fares at the Etihad this season.
The whole world was at the Belgian’s feet this time last year but since then we got to witness a remarkable twist in the tale. Chelsea set an example of the worst possible title defence in recent years and their best player Hazard was one of the reasons why. The Belgian superstar is on the back of a lacklustre season and has to pick up his game this campaign. With a new manager in Antonio Conte, Chelsea will look to revive the glory they had lost in the last 12 months and in order to do that, they need Hazard to fire.