1. WAYNE ROONEY
The ongoing transfer saga of Rooney has created a spectacular backdrop for the start of the season. He will likely stay with Manchester United, who maintain he is not for sale. There will be an added responsibility on Rooney to deliver for the Red Devils this season due to the first change of team manager in 27 years at Old Trafford.
2. JUAN MATA
The return of Jose Mourinho puts Chelsea as one of the favourites to win the league this season and the Spanish attacking midfielder will be a central figure to their title charge. Few players can unlock an opponents’ defence with the effortless ease of Mata while also providing such spectacular finishes.