Football News: There will be a lot of focus on the slew of high-profile summer arrivals in the Premier League. However, there are intriguing side stories involving some players who have played in the division for a little while longer.
Manchester City supporters will have great expectations for Erling Haaland. Liverpool supporters will be eager to see what Darwin Nunez can accomplish in the Premier League.
While numerous other clubs have new players ready for debuts, Chelsea and Arsenal will be curious to see how former City forwards Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus fare in London.
Here, we’ll take a closer look at three men who, for various reasons, are in need of strong performances this semester.
Van de Beek finished the previous campaign at Everton. At least contributed to Lampard’s team’s scoring on the final day of the campaign. He’s now back at parent club Manchester United, though, and he has something to prove.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used the Dutch midfielder sparingly. Therefore Ralf Rangnick allowed him to depart on loan. But now, the Dutch international can gain from a meeting with his old Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
Van van Beek said: “Of course, everyone was saying that because I worked with him at Ajax [I might play more] but, in the end, you have to play well from yourself and it doesn’t make any sense who is the coach.”
“You must determine your place within the team. He is aware of my playing history, but it doesn’t matter. I must demonstrate it for myself.”
With the additions of Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, Ten Hag has addressed the left side of United’s defense with his first-round investments. This puts considerable pressure on Maguire.
The Man Utd captain was jeered by supporters of his own team during preseason Martinez’s entry increases competition for positions A new manager’s fresh start means that no one’s spot is likely to be assured.
During preseason, Maguire said, “Last season was a long, tough, challenging season. However, we’ve got to put that behind us now and look forward to the future under the new manager. We are aware that we must and will improve upon the previous season.”
Grealish might be one of the players in danger if Lingard manages to force his way back into the England picture. After joining Manchester City for a club-record sum of £100 million from Aston Villa, the player had an erratic first season.
Raheem Sterling’s departure from the Etihad Stadium may put even greater pressure on players like Grealish to perform going forward. There will be pressure to surpass his three league goals from last season, just three of his six total goals.
Tony Cascarino has forewarned the former Aston Villa player that he might find himself back at Villa Park without making a substantial improvement. “I’m not referring to scoring six out of ten as OK. He ought to be around eight or nine. He’s really talented,” the former striker told talkSPORT.