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Three players who must prove their worth this Premier League season

Friday 11th August 2017
The new Premier League season is finally upon us and it's time for the credentials of some to be examined once and for all. Nowadays players are either labelled a ‘fraud' or ‘world class' within two months of them arriving in the Premier League.

However, these three players have had a lot of faith invested in them by their home fans and have not always delivered up to expectations. Now in the 2017/18 campaign, they must show the world why there was so much hype initially attached to their names.

Here are 3 players who must prove their worth in the 2017/18 Premier League season.

John Stones

As England's most expensive centre-back ever, there will forever be a stigma attached to the name of John Stones. When Pep Guardiola signed the youngster for £47.5m last summer, many an eyebrow was raised as the Englishman hardly proved himself in his time at Goodison Park. Fast forward a season and the 23-year old still has many detractors.

A year under the tactical one doesn't seem to have aided his defensive skills much, instead, his on the ball skills have developed. The youngster must now prove to the adoring Premier League public that he has the nous to defend as well as his price tag suggests.

Vincent Janssen

We all know it's no easy feat being a backup act to Harry Kane, but Vincent Janssen really didn't produce in his debut season for Tottenham. The Dutchman struggled to make any impact whatsoever last season, so much so, that Pochettino had to deploy Son Heung-min as a striker when Kane sat on the sidelines for two months. When the manager is playing other players out of position just not to play you, you know there's something wrong.

Janssen made 27 PL appearances last season, scoring 2 goals with 1 being a penalty. If the forward doesn't want to be classed as another Roberto Soldado he must quickly adjust to the physicality of the Premier League and justify his steep £18.6m fee.

Mesut Özil

Last season the German arguably had his worst season in an Arsenal shirt. When the tough got going, Mesut Özil disappeared. Many will argue that it's his subtle mannerisms that creates so much for the team, but for the wages the 28-year old is demanding, he must do more. In 33 appearances last season, Özil only scored 8 times whilst only providing 9 assists, those aren't the numbers of the ‘best no.10' in the world.

All throughout the 2016/17 campaign, rumours dogged Arsène Wenger's press conferences as the futures of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil were under the microscope constantly. Perhaps this constant talk affected his performances, but it's clear he undelivered.

Many will say it's Wenger's tactics that restrict him, but the German was literally given a free role in the team, with a pacey striker in Alexis Sánchez in front of him. There was no excuse for him and as he enters the final year of his contract, it's put up or shut up time for Mesut Özil.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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