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Premier League: Who has the most to prove this season?

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With the new Premier League season just weeks away, it looks as though we are in for a big one, with high profile transfers and new coaches at the helm of big clubs.

We've compiled a shortlist for those who have the most at stake.

This list has been compiled with the 2014 World Cup in mind, and those in this list are included with the prospect of being called up for their national team, or being responsible for those that may.

4. Luis Suarez

The controversial striker has had his fair share of on-field antics in his time at Liverpool, most recently for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. It's the second time in his career that he has been in trouble for biting an opponent after his first offence accelerated his departure from Dutch giants Ajax.

It would appear that the same fate has befallen him, as a transfer from Liverpool appears imminent, whether it be to heavily fancied Arsenal or another league entirely. 

Working on the assumption that he is headed to the Emirates, he will be given a rare opportunity for a clean slate, but not that rival fans will perceive it this way. The Uruguayan striker is undeniably talented as he proved last season with 30 goals for the Reds in all competitions. 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is highly unlikely to put up with Suarez's antics, but if the striker persists with his troublesome ways then his career will undoubtedly take a massive hit. Conversely, some discipline could see the awakening of one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League.

3. Jose Mourinho

The return of 'The Special One' at Chelsea has had Blues fans licking their lips all pre-season, as it should. In his brief stint as Chelsea boss, Mourinho collected a total of six trophies, including two Premier League titles. The first of which was Chelsea's first Premier League title in 50 years, with a record 95 points.

Since departing Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has also enjoyed successful periods at Inter Milan and Real Madrid. 

His return couldn't have come at a more opportunistic time however, as the two Manchester clubs that have dominated the top two spots in the Premier League in recent seasons will both be going through transitional phases especially United.

Will he be able to repeat the monumental success of his first time in London?

2. David Moyes

United's 13 Premier League titles in 20 years is no mean feat. Surely nobody expects Moyes to come close to this record, let alone equal it. Nonetheless, a big club like Manchester United demands success and it demands it fast. 

Moyes will be forgiven if he doesn't win any silverware in his first year as the Red Devils' boss, but he will need his side to put in some more dominant performances than what we have seen on the club's tour of Asia this pre-season.

Luckily for Moyes, United aren't as ruthless with under-performers as rival clubs Chelsea and Manchester City are but the fans will be expecting big things.

With the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, United have seen the end of an era. What will the Moyes era hold for them?

1. Gareth Bale

There has been some spectacular rumours flying around about the price of the Welsh superstar. The Telegraph has most recently reported a bid of €100m from Spanish giants Real Madrid. 

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been very stubborn in dealing with bids from other clubs, insisting Bale is not for sale.

Should Levy's sentiments prove to hold true come the end of the transfer period, Bale has a lot of work to do to prove he is worth his £100m price tag. The 24-year-old was a talisman for the London side last season, who narrowly missed out on a top four spot.

Given the trend of massive transfer fees for world-class players in recent times, the idea of a one-club man is a rarity in modern day football. 

Ryan Giggs is the most notable current day example, but if his compatriot is to share a similar level of loyalty to his club, he will have to perform at a much higher level than his already impressive standards to prove his worth.

 

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