We select 10 players in England’s top flight facing key seasons, three of whom start at new clubs

There was a time when it seemed inconceivable that the gifted midfielder who so often joined the dots for Leicester could be excluded from Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, yet Maddison not only missed the England cut but lost his automatic club place in the spring. Towards the end of the 2020-21 campaign a player whose considerable self-assurance can sometimes spill over into arrogance was left on the bench by Brendan Rodgers for some important matches. Maddison possesses the talent to be one of the first names on Rodgers’s team sheet but he must first relocate his mislaid on-field poise and humility.

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