Now that the 2018/19 season is finally starting to take shape, we are already starting to get an idea of who is taking the new campaign by the scruff of the neck and who isn't.
The usual suspects have been featuring heavily across Europe already this season, but there have been some players who have managed to turn their fortunes around and have unexpectedly found themselves firmly back in their manager's plans this season - despite falling by the wayside in recent years.
Here are eight resurgent players who have proved everyone wrong and have earned their place again this season.
7. Mahmoud Dahoud
Signed in January from Borussia Monchengladbach, Mahmoud Dahoud was expected to pioneer a new revolution at Borussia Dortmund as they looked to compete at the top level once again.
The midfielder didn't quite fit into either Peter Bosz or Peter Stoger’s styles of play and was often reduced to cameo appearances from the bench.
Fast forward to now and the youngster had played an instrumental part in Dortmund's brilliant start to the season and even picked up his first goal in the yellow and black against RB Leipzig during the first game of the season.
6. Gylfi Sigurdsson
A figurehead for Everton's dreadful summer spending, Gylfi Sigurdsson had a debut season to forget at Goodison Park.
Neither Ronald Koeman nor Sam Allardyce could get the best out of him and he was often forced to play out of position in order to accommodate Wayne Rooney.
Now that Rooney is out of the picture, Sigurdsson has been given full license to drift in and around the number ten position and is already two goals away from matching his tally of six from last season.
5. Granit Xhaka
Many may have felt that Unai Emery's summer appointment would have spelled the end for Granit Xhaka at Arsenal after an inconsistent few seasons in north London.
However, in recent weeks the Swiss midfielder has become irreplaceable. Youngsters Mateo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are doing the leg work when it comes to providing cover for Arsenal's defence so Xhaka is able to focus on controlling possession in the centre of the park.
Arsenal are currently on a run of seven straight victories in all competitions and much of that has been down to the 26-year-old.
4. David Luiz
David Luiz' entire career seems to have been filled with peaks and troths, with each new season bringing about an entirely different set of performances.
Luiz was said to have been 'confused' whilst playing under Antonio Conte and his 2017/18 season was curtailed by reoccurring injuries.
Now, under Maurizio Sarri, Luiz has been flourishing and is replicating the sort of form he showed during Chelsea's title winning season two years ago. He has appeared in all of Chelsea's Premier League matches so far this season and looks to have nailed down a spot in the blue's starting lineup.
3. Renato Sanches
If you had no idea of who Renato Sanches was before he moved to Swansea City on loan last season, you would have been forgiven for thinking he was entirely out of his depth.
In reality, Sanches was a European Championship winner with Portugal and had been plucked from Bayern Munich after being unable to break into the first team on a regular basis.
His early season form has come as a welcome surprise for Bayern Munich fans this season, who were not expecting him to even remain at the club this summer, let alone to score his first goal for Bayern in the Champions League.
2. Luke Shaw
The left-back has proved his critics wrong and now looks like he is back on the path to becoming the left-back he was expected to become when he was a youngster at Southampton.
He has all but pushed Ashley Young out of the first team picture and will now be hoping that he can earn himself a few England caps before the end of the season.
1. Daniel Sturridge
Given Liverpool's plethora of attacking talent, you would have long odds on Daniel Sturridge being their joint top scorer in all competitions at this stage.
The striker's recent career has been plagued by injuries and he found himself being shipped out on loan to West Brom in search of more regular minutes midway through last season.
Now, he seems to be accepting of the fact that he is going to be playing second fiddle behind Roberto Firmino, but when he's been given the chance to impress he's grasped it with both hands.
Four goals, including strikes in the Champions League against PSG and a goal of the season contender against Chelsea, prove that he has still got it.