3 players who could reinvent themselves next season

3. Yannick Bolasie

The story of Yannick Bolasie is difficult to comprehend. A player of so much promise, talent and flair, who always looked to have so much potential at the very top has seen his career start to disintegrate with Everton.

At Crystal Palace, Bolasie acted as the balance in the Eagles' midfield; with Wilfried Zaha reeking havoc on the opposing flank, the south Londoners were a destructive force. Since his move to the north west though, things have taken a nose dive for the DR Congo international.

A severe knee injury just months into his tenure at Goodison Park halted the 30-year-old's progress, and since his return to fitness, opportunities with the Toffees have been limited to say the least.

With Richarlison, Bernard, Theo Walcott and Ademola Lookman all ahead of him in the pecking order under manager Andre Silva, a move away from Goodison is the only option for Bolasie as he looks to rebuild his career in the Premier League.

Bolasie
Bolasie desperately needs a move away from Goodison Park.

Newcastle are rumoured to be interested in obtaining his signature, with recently announced Magpies boss Steve Bruce a long-standing admirer of the pacy wide man, notably trying to sign him on loan when he was in charge of Aston Villa. Bolasie did eventually make the temporary move to Villa Park, but only after Bruce had been sacked by the club.

There is no doubting Bolasie's talents, and at 30 years old, he's still got a few seasons left in the Premier League to re-prove his worth. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Anderlecht, adapting to life in Belgium well by scoring six goals and registering three assists in 17 outings for the Jupiler League outfit.

A move away from Everton, to a club where he would be an integral member of a brand new squad, is exactly what Bolasie needs and if he gets it, we feel as though we could see him returning to his best this season.

2. Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has been one of the main victims of Liverpool's recent success. The former Southampton midfielder, who possesses a great deal of creative talent in that attacking 'free role' just behind the striker, was a pivotal member of the Reds' team during the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield.

Even during Jurgen Klopp's time in charge at Liverpool, the 31-year-old was initially one of the first names on the team-sheet but as the years have gone by and the German has started to really stamp his authority on the club, Lallana has slowly started to fall out of favour.

Used as a sporadic squad player throughout the previous two seasons - not helped by continuous injuries - the 34-capped England international looked set for a move away this summer, with previous club Southampton talked about as the favourites to re-sign him.

While there is still a slight chance of a move away from the north west coming to fruition, after Jurgen Klopp's recent comments, we could instead see Lallana thrown a lifeline with his current employers this term.

Lallana
The last 18 months have been plagued by injuries for Lallana.

Klopp has started Lallana in both of Liverpool's opening friendlies this summer, but not in the playmaker role that he has become so accustomed to throughout his career.

Instead, he has lined up as more of a deep-lying midfielder - just like Chelsea's Jorginho - the player which manager Klopp believes he should start to model his game on.

“Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this ‘Jorginho’ role,” said the German.

“I hope (former Chelsea boss) Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games or he will make an offer!

“It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at: small spaces, passing the ball.

“And then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with James Milner that is possible.

“For us it is another option.”

Klopp's comments will offer Lallana plenty of optimism about his chances of playing time this season. If he can remain fit, it sounds as though there is a great opportunity for the 31-year-old to return to the limelight for Liverpool as they look to win their first ever Premier League title.

1. Fabian Delph

It is perhaps slightly harsh to say that Fabian Delph needs to 'reinvent himself' next season, after winning all he has won during the last four seasons at Manchester City.

However, there is no doubting that due to the vast amount of competition for places in Pep Guardiola's ultra-talented starting line-up at City, the England international did start to lose his identity at the Etihad.

Delph made his name at Aston Villa as an attack-minded central midfielder who could also tackle but, through no fault of his own, became more of a utility man for City as they started to bring in more and more of the worlds very best midfielders, all the while struggling to find a permanent left-back after the injuries to £52m man Benjamin Mendy.

Delph
Delph became more of a makeshift squad player at City; this move to Everton will offer him the chance to regain his identity.

The 29-year-old featured as more of a full-back than a midfielder last season when he was given an opportunity in the starting-eleven at all, which made it clear that a move away from the Premier League champions was required for the benefit of his career.

His recent move to Everton makes so much sense for all involved - the Toffees get a vastly experienced player who has the ability to play in a number of different positions, and Delph will see a return in game time at a club who will be looking to challenge for a spot in Europe.

Signing a three-year deal, Delph has the opportunity to be one of the main stars in a side looking to progress under an exciting young manager at Everton - will we see him make a return to his very best in Merseyside?


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