EPL 2016-17: 5 players for whom it's now or never at their clubs
These players need to perform in the upcoming season in order to improve their footballing stock.
We are less than a month away from the start of the new Premier League season and the excitement is already shooting through the roofs as teams prepare for a grueling 10 months. While managers are busy strengthening their respective squads, there is a certain set of footballers, who are keen to prove a point after failing to live up to the expectations of the fans and management over the year(s).
With the competitiveness in and around the squads, often we see a superstar being relegated to the rigors of lower tier football and we believe these players have to prove themselves in the coming season in order to avoid being deemed unnecessary to the requirements at their current homes.
#1 Theo Walcott
Not too long ago, the former Southampton man was touted to be the future of English football with his pace and an eye for a goal. However, things haven’t gone as per plan for the winger as he is currently struggling to establish himself as one of the mainstays of Arsenal as well as English football set-up. His failure to make it to even the preliminary England squad for the Euro 2016 has further lowered his stock amongst the footballing community.
Currently amongst the highest paid players at The Emirates, it’s time Walcott performed consistently on the pitch. At 27 years of age, he is in his prime and has even been handed a chance to play as a striker, a position he favours. His contract expires in 2019 and should he not live up to his billing in the upcoming season, we believe that the hierarchy at Arsenal would be forced into shipping him off.