8 Premier League Players Who Will Be Looking to Turn Their Fortunes Around in 2018

With 2017 behind us, all eyes are focused on what the new year has to offer in the world of football.

While some will be hoping for a repeat of the last 12 months, others will be praying for a complete turnaround.

Here are eight Premier League players whose new year's resolutions will be for a better year than the last...

8. Kenedy

The versatile Brazilian did not even get to pick up a Premier League winners' medal with Chelsea last May, after spending the first half of the season sitting on Watford's bench whilst on loan.

Intent on making it a 2017 to forget, Kenedy then caused all kinds of trouble after some posting some distasteful videos on social media during the Blues' pre-season tour of China. Another loan move away from Stamford Bridge may be the remedy for the 21-year-old's demise.

7. Daniel Sturridge

Jurgen Klopp's patience with Daniel Sturridge looks to be coming to an end, with the injury-prone striker now way down in the pecking order to lead the line for the Reds, behind the likes of Dominic Solanke and even Danny Ings.

No one denies the talent that the former Manchester City and Chelsea man possesses, but Sturridge clearly needs a fresh start away from Anfield to showcase it once again and put himself in contention for a World Cup spot. 

6. Davy Klaassen

After proving himself as an Eredivisie star with Ajax, Klaassen took the plunge and opted to join the revolution at Everton over the summer, completing a £24m move to the Merseyside club.

However, a handful of underwhelming appearances for the Toffees have put the Dutch international midfielder in contention for the worst signing of the season award and he'll be desperate to prove to Sam Allardyce that he can make it work. 

5. Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke's penalty debacle against Bournemouth last month, where the Belgian striker stole the ball off regular taker Luka Milivojevic but missed the spot kick and the chance to win the game, pretty much summed up his 2017.

The Crystal Palace frontman has had the weight of the Eagles' goalscoring responsibility on his shoulders but he has totally failed to find the prolific form that made him a household name during his Aston Villa days.

4. Erik Lamela

Injuries can never be fun for footballers, but Erik Lamela spent the entirety of 2017 in the treatment room, after suffering a hip problem back in October 2016. The Argentinian did return to first team action last month, after over a year out.

Having never fully lived up to his billing since arriving from Roma, the Spurs winger will be hoping to finally show the Premier League why the North London club paid £32m for his services, which was a club-record at the time. 

3. Kelechi Iheanacho

Having earned himself a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the country during his days as a Manchester City player, Kelechi Iheanacho left the Etihad Stadium in search of regular first team football with Leicester City.

Yet, the Nigerian striker's time at the King Power Stadium has been nothing less than a nightmare and he has yet to score a league goal for the Foxes since signing. The 21-year-old won't have much trouble finding new suitors if leaving Leicester is the answer to his troubles.

2. Theo Walcott

With Arsene Wenger making his feelings about Theo Walcott's worth to the team relatively obvious, it is a necessity for the one-time England regular to leave the Emirates Stadium if he does not want a repeat of 2017.

Now 28 years of age, Walcott must redefine himself after spending the majority of his career trying to live up to the potential of being a wonderkid. A fresh challenge, with more first team opportunities is exactly what the Southampton academy graduate needs.

1. Joe Hart

What a downfall Joe Hart has experienced. The former undisputed number one at Manchester City saw his Italian experiment at Torino fail miserably and it looks as though a similar loan spell with West Ham is heading in the same direction.

Dropped for Adrian, the 30-year-old is in serious threat of not making the England squad for next summer's World Cup, let alone the number one jersey, and he will have to turn things around dramatically if he is to resurrect his career.