Tottenham Hotspur have returned for pre-season training, undergoing their first session with new manager Mauricio Pochettino on Friday.
It is a fresh start for the north London club, one they hope will lead to an era of footballing prosperity. One of the first notable jobs to do in fulfilling such dreaming will be Pochettino evaluating his new players in person for the first time.
All of the Tottenham squad will be seeking to prove their worth to their new boss. For Roberto Soldado and a few other team-mates, there could be a greater urgency to do so.
The striker is the headline name of this group after a mixed season following his big-money move from Valencia. Joining him in the following list are others who had a tough 2013-14 season, or are facing a battle to stay first-choice in their position.
The following five, including Soldado, omits those such as Michael Dawson and Gylfi Sigurdsson whose respective futures are being speculated over in the media. While their future may lay elsewhere, in this writer's opinion they are not among the Spurs players with most to prove—you and Pochettino might think otherwise.
Academy products such as Tom Carroll and Andros Townsend are not included either due to the inherent challenge young players have in establishing themselves in the first-team.
We begin with the aforementioned Soldado...