The start of any season always proves to be a hard time for players. Although players come back refreshed from the offseason, only the opening few rounds of matches will tell whether they will regain that great form from the previous season, or shake off the bad form of the previous season. Nonetheless, it is a tentative time for all.
For those players who do not impress in the first few weeks, there is always time to regain their form. So here is a list of 10 ice-cold starters who will heat up their season in September.
Take Note: No Serie A players have been included in the list because the Italian Serie A has still not yet kicked off!
Much hype surrounded a possible move away from White Hart lane for Luka Modric. With the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United discussed as possible destinations, there was reason for Modric to get complacent about his future. It really showed as well—Modric's performances on the pitch were merely shadows of what they proved to be last year.
Since the conclusion of the transfer window Modric hasn't gotten any time for Tottenham the pitch. With the idea of a high profile move away from the club out of his mind, expect him to come out an give Tottenham fans something to thing about. Couple with that, the fact that Rafael Van der Vaart is injured (meaning Tottenham will revert to their former formation) and Modric will prove to be the player who will need to deliver the goods for Tottenham.
If you gave Fernando Torres the opportunity to rewind back a year to when he was still at Liverpool, I'm sure he would take it—even pay you for it. The truth is that Torres has been hopeless at Chelsea, scoring just once in the league for them last season.
Understandably, Torres has been thrust into a playing style very different to that of where he succeeded at Liverpool. However, the recent signing of Juan Mata could just help Torres just find his form again. With Didier Drogba injured, now is Torres' chance; it is now or never. This week's match against Sunderland will prove crucial for Torres. Hopefully for the sake of Chelsea he will find his form with Mata in behind.
Two seasons back, Italian giants Juventus had just completed a €24.5 million deal for Werder Bremen's Brazilian star Diego RIbas da Cunha, he was set, ready to link up with a host of players and take Juve back to the top of Europe. But it all came crashing down for the Brazilian—a poor season, a transfer to Wolfsburg, a falling out with the coach and a demotion to the reserves.
However, now Diego has received an opportunity to turn all this around securing a loan to Atletico Madrid. With Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero replaced with Radamel Falcao, Diego could find himself linking up with one of the best strikers in the world to revitalise his career. It is down to him to reverse the poor past two seasons.
Felipe Melo actually had a better season than that of his first at Juventus. However, now the Brazilian has secured a loan to Turkish club Galatasaray. For Melo the season is a chance to find again the form that made him one of the most sought after defensive midfield players around.
Melo will be guaranteed a start in Turkey, being brought in to replace recent departure Lorik Cana. After a slow start to the season, expect him to pick up his performances and prove himself to his parent club Juventus.
Pedro Leon looks to be one of the real stars of the future. You could argue that the young Spaniard had too much expected on him at such a young age and as a result has not developed as many have expected.
This season Leon secured a loan deal to Getafe. Funnily enough, Getafe was Leon's former club, and was the club where he made his name in the La Liga. As far as going about regaining form is concerned, Leon is in a brilliant position. Not much adjusting would need to take place for him to become, once again, an integral part of the Getafe squad.
Expect something special from Pedro Leon.
Even though he has scored this year, Andy Carroll makes this list. It is fair to say that in the English Premier League he has not shown the same form he once did for Newcastle and has failed to live up to his inflated price tag.
The England international has the ability to thrive with the new talent that has been brought to Anfield. With Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam in the midfield behind, Carroll should be latching onto the end of a number of long balls.
Maybe it has taken a few matches for the combinations to get working with each other. Expect Andy Carroll to heat up this September.
Amongst Manchester United's success is the story of Nani's recent struggle with form. Prior to the commencement of the English Premier League Nani single-handedly destroyed Manchester City in the Community Shield and looked to be in fine form for United.
However, this campaign he has failed to fire, seemingly being targeted by defenders. Along with this, the emergence of Ashley Young at Manchester United has put pressure on Nani to perform. They say form is temporary, class is permanent. Expect Nani to heat back up in September.
As Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to take giant steps towards the top of the table, the individual stories of their players seemingly get lost in amongst Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But striker Gonzalo Higuain is one striker whose story has caught my eye.
The Argentinian missed much of last season due to injury and only grabbed a few goals at the conclusion of last season. The Real Madrid striker did not nearly come close to replicating his fine form that we have seen in previous seasons.
With a new season upon us and his injury gone, Higuain has every opportunity to cement his position in the starting line-up at Real Madrid. Expect him to get into a good run of form this September.
Tottenham seemingly got a bargain when they secured the services of Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese international was discarded by Manchester City, after he had a falling out with Roberto Mancini. Last season he has a stellar second half with Real Madrid helping them to win the Spanish Cup.
This season he has found himself on the bench at Manchester City and has not been given the opportunity to prove himself. A loan deal to Tottenham could see all this change, though. With Adebayor already proving to be a prolific force in the English Premier league, this month—or very well this season—could belong to Emmanuel Adebayor.
Arsenal have a new outlook after the transfer window. The signing of some genuine talent in the transfer window is testament to this. However, new signings in the midfield and the defence can only take you so far. The true performance of a team will be indicated by their ability to get goals upfront.
This season Robin van Persie has been lacklustre. He got a goal against United, showing us glimpses of his ability, but has really failed to threaten this year. With the captain's armband now being awarded to the Dutch international and the transfer window over, van Persie will have to lead Arsenal back to the top of the table through his ability to score goals.
Van Persie is a clinical striker and will re-find his form this September.