8 EPL play­ers look­ing to turn their for­tunes around

The Manica Post - - Sport/World News -

Joe Hart

WHAT a down­fall Joe Hart has ex­pe­ri­enced. The for­mer undis­puted num­ber one at Manch­ester City saw his Ital­ian ex­per­i­ment at Torino fail mis­er­ably and it looks as though a sim­i­lar loan spell with West Ham is head­ing in the same di­rec­tion.

Dropped for Adrian, the 30-yearold is in se­ri­ous threat of not mak­ing the Eng­land squad for next sum­mer’s World Cup, let alone the num­ber one jersey, and he will have to turn things around dra­mat­i­cally if he is to res­ur­rect his ca­reer.

Theo Wal­cott

With Arsene Wenger mak­ing his feel­ings about Theo Wal­cott’s worth to the team rel­a­tively ob­vi­ous, it is a ne­ces­sity for the one-time Eng­land reg­u­lar to leave the Emi­rates Sta­dium if he does not want a re­peat of 2017.

Now 28 years of age, Wal­cott must re­de­fine him­self af­ter spend­ing the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer try­ing to live up to the po­ten­tial of be­ing a won­derkid.

A fresh chal­lenge, with more first team op­por­tu­ni­ties is ex­actly what the Southamp­ton academy grad­u­ate needs.

Kelechi Iheana­cho

Hav­ing earned him­self a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the bright­est young tal­ents in the coun­try dur­ing his days as a Manch­ester City player, Kelechi Iheana­cho left the Eti­had Sta­dium in search of reg­u­lar first team foot­ball with Le­ices­ter City.

Yet, the Nige­rian striker’s time at the King Power Sta­dium has been noth­ing less than a night­mare and he has yet to score a league goal for the Foxes since sign­ing.

The 21-year-old won’t have much trou­ble find­ing new suit­ors if leav­ing Le­ices­ter is the an­swer to his trou­bles.

Erik Lamela

In­juries can never be fun for foot­ballers, but Erik Lamela spent the en­tirety of 2017 in the treat­ment room, af­ter suf­fer­ing a hip prob­lem back in Oc­to­ber 2016.

The Ar­gen­tinian did re­turn to first team ac­tion last month, af­ter over a year out.

Hav­ing never fully lived up to his billing since ar­riv­ing from Roma, the Spurs winger will be hop­ing to fi­nally show the Pre­mier League why the North Lon­don club paid £32 mil­lion for his ser­vices, which was a club-record at the time.

Chris­tian Ben­teke

Chris­tian Ben­teke’s penalty de­ba­cle against Bournemouth last month, where the Bel­gian striker stole the ball off reg­u­lar taker Luka Milivo­je­vic but missed the spot kick and the chance to win the game, pretty much summed up his 2017.

The Crys­tal Palace front­man has had the weight of the Ea­gles’ goalscor­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity on his shoul­ders but he has to­tally failed to find the pro­lific form that made him a house­hold name dur­ing his As­ton Villa days.

Davy Klaassen

Af­ter prov­ing him­self as an Ere­di­visie star with Ajax, Klaassen took the plunge and opted to join the rev­o­lu­tion at Ever­ton over the sum­mer, com­plet­ing a £24 mil­lion move to the Mersey­side club.

How­ever, a hand­ful of un­der­whelm­ing ap­pear­ances for the Tof­fees have put the Dutch in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder in con­tention for the worst sign­ing of the sea­son award and he’ll be des­per­ate to prove to Sam Al­lardyce that he can make it work.

Daniel Stur­ridge

Jur­gen Klopp’s pa­tience with Daniel Stur­ridge looks to be com­ing to an end, with the in­jury-prone striker now way down in the peck­ing or­der to lead the line for the Reds, be­hind the likes of Do­minic Solanke and even Danny Ings.

No one de­nies the tal­ent that the for­mer Manch­ester City and Chelsea man pos­sesses, but Stur­ridge clearly needs a fresh start away from An­field to show­case it once again and put him­self in con­tention for a World Cup spot.

Kenedy

The ver­sa­tile Brazil­ian did not even get to pick up a Pre­mier League win­ners’ medal with Chelsea last May, af­ter spend­ing the first half of the sea­son sit­ting on Wat­ford’s bench whilst on loan.

In­tent on mak­ing it a 2017 to for­get, Kenedy then caused all kinds of trou­ble af­ter some post­ing some dis­taste­ful videos on so­cial me­dia dur­ing the Blues’ pre-sea­son tour of China. An­other loan move away from Stam­ford Bridge may be the rem­edy for the 21-year-old’s demise.

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