Six Premier League players with a point to prove this season

The new Premier League season is now in full swing, with fans having been given the first glimpses of their side in the opening two fixtures of the new season.

The start of a new campaign always brings great hope and optimism, and several stars across the division will hope for an improved year this time around.

As the 2019/20 season begins to take shape, we’ve decided to take a look a six Premier League players with a point to prove this season…

Anthony Martial

The French forward has been reinstated as Manchester United’s number nine after Romelu Lukaku’s £73m move to Inter Milan, with the 23-year-old now likely to be utilised in his preferred central role more frequently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.

Solskjaer has placed his faith in Martial and fellow forward Marcus Rashford to be the focal point of his new-look side, and Martial must now show he can be a regular source of goals as Manchester United look to improve on last season’s disappointing campaign.

Two goals in his opening two Premier League games, the second his 50th since moving to Old Trafford in 2015, has been a promising start and Martial will want to show he can become a leading centre-forward.

Solskjaer has said he wants the forward to improve by scoring ‘easy goals and tap ins’, and Martial will be determined to show he can develop from goalscoring wide forward to a prolific, central attacking option.

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The Chelsea midfielder arrived as the lynchpin in former manager Maurizio Sarri’s ‘Sarri-ball’ style, but soon became a target for critics who voiced their discontent with the Italian’s methods.

The popular N’golo Kante’s switch to an unfamiliar box-to-box role did little to help Jorginho’s cause, who perhaps unfairly became the scapegoat for Chelsea’s poorer performances last season.

Following Sarri’s move to Juventus, many expected the Italy international to follow his countryman in leaving Stamford Bridge, but he remains and has expressed his desire to be a success at the club.

New manager Frank Lampard has insisted the 27-year-old remains central to his plans and a change in formation could see the playmaker win over his doubters.

Lampard has switched between a 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formation so far, and Jorginho has revealed his enjoyment at being more ‘free’ under the new Chelsea boss.

Away from the pressure and criticism of being labelled ‘teacher’s pet’ under Sarri, Jorginho must now show his true quality this season.

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Naby Keita

Another high-profile signing who failed to live up to expectations in his debut season in English football, Liverpool midfielder Keita endured a stop-start beginning to life at Anfield last season.

The 24-year-old arrived amid great anticipation after a protracted chase by Jurgen Klopp, the Guinea international having developed a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s best all-action midfielders.

Consistent injury problems have hampered his progress, whilst he is again absent as Liverpool begin the new season.

Liverpool fans have only seen glimpses of Keita’s talent since his £52m arrival from Red Bull Leipzig, and he will want to win over his doubters with a strong second season on Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of Keita and having waited over a year to secure his signing, the German will hope he can soon bring a dynamism that is otherwise lacking in Liverpool’s workman-like midfield.

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Ravel Morrison

Described as the best young talent he had ever seen by Sir Alex Ferguson, Morrison’s career has undoubtedly been one of unfulfilled potential.

The stand-out player in a Manchester United youth team featuring Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, Morrison has since enjoyed a nomadic career in football.

The midfielder has returned to English football this season after spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden, with Sheffield United having taken a gamble that they can coax the best from Morrison’s natural talent.

Once tipped to make the England squad during his time at West Ham, Morrison has been handed another chance at Premier League level and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder believes he can deliver.

Wilder had spoken of the need to sign a player capable of doing something out of the ordinary and Morrison certainly possesses the ability to be the creative hub of his newly-promoted side.

Now 26, should his application match his talent, he could rebuild his reputation and prove his many doubters wrong this season.

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Andy Carroll

One of the feel-good stories of the summer transfer window, the giant Geordie returned to his boyhood club eight-and-a-half years after leaving in a then British transfer-record £35m deal to Liverpool.

Carroll’s career has not quite worked out as hoped since leaving Newcastle, with injuries having plagued his career during spells at Anfield and then West Ham.

The forward’s inability to stay fit saw West Ham decide not to renew his contract this summer, releasing the 30-year-old after seven years at the club in which he made over 20 Premier League appearances in a season just twice.

Newcastle have taken a gamble on the hometown hero being able to return to full fitness, the England international’s powerful style a defender’s nightmare once in full flight.

The club’s fans have welcomed back one of their own this summer, though Carroll will have to show his body is capable of handling the demands of the Premier League if he is to prove a success in his second stint at St James’ Park.

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Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa midfielder is back in the Premier League after Dean Smith’s side secured promotion via the play-offs, the midfielder continuing to divide opinion amongst fans and pundits alike.

The 23-year-old certainly possesses talent, but will need to increase his productivity and deliver on a consistent basis if the Midlands side are to avoid an instant relegation to the second tier.

Grealish was the subject of unwanted headlines during his younger years, but having now been handed the captaincy at his boyhood club, is hoping to show he has matured as both a footballer and person.

The midfielder has spoken openly of his ambitions of representing England, and with the Three Lions having suffered from a dearth of creative midfield talent in recent years he now has the platform to demonstrate he belongs at the very highest level.

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