Tottenham Hotspur play their first match of pre-season on Saturday when they take on Seattle Sounders.
The first of three fixtures on their North American tour, it is a more testing re-introduction for the players than the lower-league opposition that typically greets their return for summer.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino outlined to the club's official website that preparation rather than results is the objective. Nonetheless, each player will be looking to impress ahead of the new season.
A couple of weeks ago, this writer looked at five players who had the most to prove to Pochettino specifically. Accounting for the natural overlap here, we now examine and rank the 10 players with the most to prove overall this pre-season.
Those guys are attempting to convince their new manager of their worth after a tough 2013-14. Others on this list are seeking to build on an encouraging campaign, and some are looking to establish themselves completely.
An attempt to gauge the urgency for each player is the chief criteria for this list. A few notable players like Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris will certainly be just as keen to get going well in pre-season. But their respective statuses are less in need of boosting than some.
Ultimately this writer's opinion judges where the players are ranked. Yours may well differ.
First up, one of two Spaniards on this list...