There is pressure on every new summer signing, but some face more than others. As we head into the last month of this year’s transfer window, there are particular players of whom much is anticipated, but they could struggle to provide it. The following are 5 Premier League stars who could shine for their new clubs next year, but they could succumb to pressure as well:
The world’s most expensive teenager, Luke Shaw had barely found his feet in the Premier League when he was sold on to Manchester United for a fee in the region of £30 million. Last year proved a breakthrough campaign for the left-back at Southampton, and his efforts were eventually rewarded with an England call-up for this summer’s World Cup. The tournament was a failure for the Three Lions, though, and Shaw was kept out of the starting line-up by Leighton Baines. Since joining up with his new Red Devils teammates, the 19 year old has been forced to train alone in order to increase his fitness. A Louis Van Gaal move that could strengthen the player, or else cripple him.
In terms of career pressure, their exits very little on the shoulders of Rio Ferdinand. The former Manchester United centre-back has won nearly everything that club football has thrown at him, and he has proven a solid servant at international level as well. However, Ferdinand will want to end his career on a high, and he will be very responsible for ensuring that QPR are able to give him that. The Hoops are likely to face a relegation scrap next season, and the last thing Ferdinand will want on his CV is a bottom 3 Premier League finish. It goes without saying that Rangers’ fans expect big things from their new centre-back, but the majority of the defender’s pressure will come from within himself.
He doesn’t have to travel too far when reporting for training at his new club this summer, but Jack Colback faces an uphill task during the opening weeks of the next Premier League campaign. Of course when he represents Newcastle against their bitter rivals Sunderland, all eyes will be on the midfielder. But, aside from those fixtures, plenty of people will be waiting for the player to slip up during his other games. Should he underperform in the Newcastle shirt, Colback will be viewed with derision by the Black Cats fans, and viewed with regret by Saint James’ Park.
It had been a foregone conclusion that Diego Costa would sign for Chelsea before the summer had even began, and a massive £32 million transfer fee had been expected for weeks. Based on last season’s performances for Atletico Madrid, Costa is a class buy – but based on this summer’s performances for Spain, he is overrated. A lot will depend upon how quickly he fits into the Chelsea fold, and how regularly he can find the back of the net. There was a chronic lack of goals at Stamford Bridge last season, and Costa must put that right. If he does, he’s a hero; if he doesn’t, he’s a massive waste of money.
For Hull City last season, Jake Livermore was a crucial player. He helped guide the tigers to the FA Cup final, as well as Premier League safety. However, for the last campaign he was still a Tottenham Hotspur player, and working for Steve Bruce on a loan deal. This year, Livermore is a Hull City player, and he has cost his side a club-record £8 million to become so. Having seen how effective the Englishman was last year, the KC Stadium will be satisfied with nothing but the same levels of performance over the next 12 months. Livermore is under pressure to build on past success, which could prove very difficult to do.