Arsenal midfield maestro Jack Wilshere was superb in Sunday's Community Shield victory over Manchester City, controlling a congested area featuring Yaya Toure and Fernando to once again underline the England international's immense potential.
Wilshere has rarely reached that level over the last two years thanks primarily to persistent injury problems, but falling short of full fitness can only be an excuse Arsene Wenger cites to defend the 22-year-old for so long.
Wenger himself has admitted this is a big season for Wilshere, who for one has very strong competition to play every week for Arsenal before even considering his position in the England setup.
Time to step up
Gunners fans will be desperate to see Wilshere hit the headlines for lighting up on the pitch rather than off it, but after an extremely rare full summer of pre-season training the teenage wizard who once tore apart Barcelona in the Champions League looks well placed to do just that.
Across the Premier League there are top stars who have their own reasons to shut the critics up, including mega-money summer purchases.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Tottenham Hotspur all have huge fan favourites in need of a strong season, but which player do you believe will stand up and be counted when the pressure's on?
Click ahead to check out our top 8 under pressure and feel free to share your views, will they be successful or flounder when it matters most?