The Six English Premier League players who can revive their careers this season (2021-22)
The 2021-22 Premier League season kicks off on Friday August 13 as Arsenal loss to Premier League new boys Brentford. The season was originally slated to start on August 7, but due to a gruelling league season followed by Euro 2020, clubs successfully campaigned to postpone the season by a week. Premier League clubs will be looking to hit the ground running and will likely call on their most experienced players in the coming weeks, as they look to get their final transfer business over the line. But several big-name players struggled to recapture their best form last season and find themselves in a make or break situation to revive their club careers.
5 Raul Jimenez
Jiménez’s return will give Wolves more variety when attempting to penetrate into the area. He can help with switches of play, provide a target following wide build-up, be a focal point for the first pass when launching a central counter-attack, and even move out to the inside right to play a part in the combinations we saw throughout 2020/21 (above).
4 Takumi Minamino
Since swapping Austria for Anfield, the Japan international has found first-team opportunities hard to come by, resulting in the majority of his appearances coming from the bench. Alongside this, the signing of Diogo Jota and the re-emergence of Xherdan Shaqiri slowly pushed Minamino further down the pecking order.
3 Naby Keita
Liverpool’s transfer policy over the last few years has tended to be pretty spot on, but the signing of Naby Keita has undoubtedly ended up as a black mark on their record. The former RB Leipzig star has unquestionably struggled to live up to the hype and become a source of frustration in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.With just two years left on his contract, it would likely be in Liverpool and the player’s best interest to find a viable buyer this summer and allow Keita to move on and prove his worth elsewhere.
2 Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard knows he needs to produce on a consistent basis for Manchester United and is confident he can deliver the goods in the red shirt. The England international enjoyed a tremendous second part of last term on loan at West Ham United and was unlucky to narrowly miss out on Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.He has returned to United with the same enthusiasm and desire, impressing during the friendlies and opening the scoring in the game at Queens Park Rangers.
1 Dele Alli
Sure, he’s broken out before, but this feels like the defining season of Dele Alli’s career. Mourinho is gone, he’s the scapegoat no more and has had a summer away to fully recharge. He hasn’t been great since 2018 and those back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards feel a long time ago.At his best, Alli runs beyond the striker, stretches defences and has the eye – and ability – for the spectacular. At his worst, he slows the game down and tries fancy footwork on the halfway line. At 25, there is still time to fulfil his undoubted potential but he needs to start firing now.