Five players it’s a big season for

Now that the new season has kicked off (check out our predictions here), here are five players who we think face a big season.

Harry Kane

Kane burst onto the scene last season for Tottenham scoring 31 goals in all competitions, helping them to reach the Capital One Cup final in the process.

His form was so good it saw him get an England call-up and linked with a move away from White Hart Lane to Manchester United.

It will be interesting to see if Kane can match his goal tally from last season this year now that the majority of Premier League teams have faced him and he’s more established.

For England’s sake let’s hope he’s not a one season wonder and that he can continue to progress.

Getting into double digits in terms of league goals should be considered a good season for him.

Raheem Sterling

After engineering a move away from Liverpool to join Manchester City and all the controversies along the way – being too tired, smoking, calling in sick to training – Sterling needs to show that he is worth the £49 million City paid for him.

He’ll have better players around him than he did at Liverpool – Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Yaya Toure – so there should be no excuses.

He also needs to show he is worthy of being in a top four team and playing in the Champions League since that is one of the reasons why he was desperate to leave Liverpool.

Repeating the kind of form and performances he put in when he played alongside Luis Suarez, which helped Liverpool finished second, are needed.

Erik Lamela

The man Spurs bought to replace Gareth Bale after they lost him to Real Madrid just hasn’t done it for Tottenham yet. There have been flashes, his rabona goal for instance, but not enough.

Injuries and three managers in two seasons haven’t helped, but he can’t use that excuse this season after Spurs kept Mauricio Pochettino.

This season Lamela needs to prove himself, he needs to show what he has to offer Spurs, he needs to show them he can help them challenge seriously for a top four finish and qualify for the Champions League like Bale did.

Patrick Bamford

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford wants to play for the Blues someday.

He did well on loan in the Championship last season at Middlesbrough scoring 17 goals, and he did well in his loan spells at Derby and MK Dons before that. This season he has the chance to do it in the Premier League while on loan at Crystal Palace.

A good season could see him become one of Chelsea’s attacking options next year.

Eden Hazard

Last season’s PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has improved year on year since he has been in the Premier League and has the potential to become one of the very best.

Jose Mourinho said that Hazard was just as good as Cristiano Ronaldo last season. High praise from his manager, but it means Hazard needs to be at the top of his game again this season.

 

Who do you think this is a big season for?

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