As teams look to recruit new players throughout the summer, other teams will be relying on their key players to step up.
Here is a list of five players who really need to take a major step up for their club in order to fulfil their potential and help their team succeed:
1) Fabio Borini
The young Italian endured a long, frustrating campaign last time round, he suffered two major injuries keeping him out of action for the majority of the campaign. But this time round Borini will be looking to repay the faith put in him by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. The ex-Chelsea man arrived at Anfield last summer for £13m from Serie A outfit AS Roma but has re-payed very little of his big money move back to Liverpool. Despite the horror start to his Liverpool career Rodgers insists that Fabio still has the potential to be something special at Anfield. The 22-year-old returned to action in one of the final Premier League encounters against Newcastle, Borini was introduced from the subs bench and made an instant impact, scoring his first PL goal for Liverpool. Borini then earnt himself a call up for the Italy U21 side, helping his international team to the finals before losing out on the trophy to Spain. Borini was Italy's star, he really shone at the European Chamionships and has shown great potential to finally succeed at Anfield this season. Borini really needs to make that step up and become a major Premier League force before he is sacrificed for a much more prolific acquisition.
Nani is a fantastic player amongst the United group, but he has never had the consistency to establish himself as an Old Trafford regular. But under Moyes he may have a chance to kick-start his career. Moyes rewarded the Portuguese winger a contract extension, surprising many fans and pundits who felt that Nani's time was up at the champions. New boss David Moyes ignored approaches from 'major' European outfits and decided to keep hold of Nani. He will be looking to repay the faith that the Scotsman has put into him and really push on this campaign helping United to back to back Premier League titles. Nani really needs to make a big step-up this time round or he will be sacrificed immediately if he abuses the opportunity handed to him.
3) Lukas Podolski
The German forward hasn't really had the chance to push on for the Gunners yet. But this time round he will be looking to announce himself properly to the Emirates faithful. Podolski was nothing more than a bit part player last time round but Wenger insists that the former Bayern Munich forward has a huge part to play in the advances of his team. Podolski was brought in last summer to help replace Gunners legend Robin Van Persie but never really made an impact due to injury spells and inconsistency. Many people expect Arsenal to push on this campaign and with the correct management Podolski could be a huge part of the Arsenal success. He is expected to take a huge step up this campaign and given the correct opportunity I feel he has the fire-power to lift the Arsenal fans.
4) Fernando Torres
Torres is still a household name in European football despite his goalscoring record being in tatters after his move to Chelsea. But the Spaniard looks to have been given a new lease of life under new Blues boss Jose Mourinho after the 'special one' announced that Torres is a major factor in his plans for Chelsea. Despite having an improved season under Benitez, Fernando hasn't come close to emulating his Liverpool form or proving his worth after his £50m move. Torres has been given a final chance to show he's still got the ability to be a worldwide force up-front and will be looking to advance into the new campaign with all guns blazing. With competition from Ba and Lukaku success won't be easy but if Torres has the willingness to work under Mourinho he may well take a huge step up at Chelsea and may help them advance in the league as well as Europe.
5) Samir Nasri
After his big money move from Arsenal, Nasri has been nothing more than a flop at Manchester City, he has had the wrong attitude throughout the Mancini reign and has been more than happy to sit on the bench earning his massive salary week in week out. Nasri' change in mentality has been unbelievable and appalling for City, but with Pellegrini coming in the Frenchman seems to have changed his ways immediately. The Chilean won't accept any of Nasri's mood swings and won't allow him to sit around doing nothing for his team. Nasri has fantastic ability as shown at Arsenal, but failed to proceed at City. Under Pellegrini, Nasri looks set to flourish. Manuel Pellegrini will look to get the best out of the under performing Frenchman and has given him a final chance to prove himself at the Sky Blues. I back Samir to take a massive step up this campaign, helping his team to a potential Premier League title. But without the improvements Nasri may well be sacrificed, but who wants an ego like Nasri' in their dressing room? Time for the Frenchman to change his ways and step up, or its crunch time.
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