The new Premier League season is only one week away and the suspense is killing us fans. However, spare a moment for the seven players that will be mentioned in this article.
Due to having a poor debut season or failing to live up to expectation they are under immense pressure to perform this season or else their future's at their respective clubs would be under threat.
The likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria could have easily made the cut but the German has put more good performances than bad. Meanwhile the Argentinian is on his way to PSG.
Check out who made the cut below:
Indeed that figure is normally reserved for world class players - a title Lallana is unlikely to wield anytime soon. World class he isn't but the England international is better than what he showed the Anfield faithful last season.
If the former Saints favourite can add consistency to his game he will prove the doubters wrong and greatly aid the club in the chase for the top four.
As it turns out Mario Balotelli, perhaps owed to his bigger reputation, has shouldered most of the blame and has been ostracised by the club. However, it is arguable Lovren was even worse than the Italian international.
The Croatian was signed for £20 million from Southampton but you'd be forgiven for thinking the figure was £0.2k. Seeing him left on his backside after a horribly mistimed tackle was a running gag at Liverpool's expensive last season.
Nonetheless, boss Rodgers has not sold him off and judging by pre-season he is set to be an integral part of the Reds new season. One thing is for certain, he needs a massive season to rebuild a decimated reputation.
It seems an age since he hot 11 goals in 19 games for Newcastle in 2010. Since then he has netted 20 goals in 95 appearances for Liverpool and West Ham combined.
At the age of 26 (27 in January) Carroll is at risk of becoming the new Kevin Lisbie, not the new Alan Shearer. For those who understand the Lisbie reference will also understand time stands for no one as Sam Allardyce can attest to now he is unemployed after several years in the Hammers hotseat.
Allardyce signed Carroll to West Ham and although new boss Slaven Bilic giving the former Geordie striker reassurances on his place in the starting 11, you get the feeling he will not indulge the lanky forward the former Bolton manager did.
This season marks Chamberlain's fifth season with Arsenal and he has yet to register 100 Premier League appearances (78) as a number of injuries and his perennial status of squad rotation kept him from adding to that total.
Given his youthful looks the former Saints star has been continually placed in the 'one for the future' pile but at the age of 21 (22 by 15th August) that excuse does not wash anymore.
By 22 Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka were already producing big numbers; Michael Owen had won the Ballon d'Or; Lionel Messi and Ronaldo (Brazilian) were multiple winners of the award.
Likewise by 22 Ricardo Quaresma had rejoined the Portuguese League after an ill-fated stint with Barcelona and Jermaine Pennant had begun is career as a journeyman.
Most likely Chamberlain's career will fall somewhere between the two examples (he isn't Ballon d'Or calibre but he is a dedicated professional). That said there is a massive gap between Ryan Giggs and Darren Anderton.
With Wenger adding extensively to his collection of attacking midfielders like hunters do endangered species, spaces are limited and with that opportunities to shine at the highest level.
In Giroud they have a striker most clubs would kill for, what more could Arsenal fans want? Rhetorical question. What they want is Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry or Robin van Persie. Giroud isn't them and that translates to not being world class.
The former Ligue 1 star is now 28 (29 in September) and is unlikely to improve any further. However, as the groans for Karim Benzema grow stronger with each passing day, Giroud is going to have to find a way to improve to appease the Emirates faithful.
The Frenchman often flapped at clearances and was continuously out of position as he at times single-handedly disrupted the cohesion of the Man City backline.
He may have been afforded some slack as the higher profile Vincent Kompany was dropped from the starting 11 last season but City were hardly better for it.
Mangala was part of the side that lost 4-2 against Stuttgart on the weekend, conceding four within 36 minutes. With City captain Kompany looking out of sorts and 34-year-old Martin Demichelis on his last legs, the 24-year-old will be expected to come of age this season.
After failing horribly on-loan with Manchester United and with parent club AS Monaco desperate to ship him off, the striker is now at a crossroads in his career.
If he fails with Chelsea he will be running out of clubs who can afford his mega contract with still two years remaining on his Monaco contract. At the age of 29 that would spell the end of his career at the very top.