While some may claim it is a real breath of fresh air to see the previously unfancied duo of Arsenal and Liverpool leading the way in the race for Premier League glory, others evidently see it as clear evidence of a concerning decline in the quality of the division as a whole.
Although the 2013/14 domestic campaign is still in its early stages, this season particularly has already seen a number of reputable players routinely lambasted for seemingly failing to live up to their considerable potential.
Here, GMS looks at five top Premier League talents who have faced a certain degree of criticism of late that simply just need to be given more time to impose themselves and consolidate their reputations in the uncompromising top-flight.
Please feel free to comment on our selections and leave your own below...
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