We might have only played one game of football in the 2019/20 Premier League season but already players are being threatened with the axe.
There were some good, some bad and some ugly performances on the opening weekend – and numerous top-flight managers are considering ringing the changes.
Already clubs have suffered defeat and fearing they could be in for tough seasons unless they make important alterations to their starting XI.
But who are the Premier League players who are already facing being dropped to the bench?
Here talkSPORT.com take a look at 10 players who may not make the first XI this weekend despite starting in gameweek 1.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)
With the Armenian dropping a poor showing against Newcastle United it really makes you wonder why the club chose to sell Alex Iwobi and not the ex-Manchester United man.
Nicolas Pepe won’t have to do much to improve on Mkhitaryan’s efforts last Sunday and we won’t be surprised to see the Ivorian in the starting XI.
Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa)
The winger was always going to have a tough time upon promotion to the Premier League and it showed on Saturday.
Against Spurs he just couldn’t get going and wasn’t a great help defensively either.
If so, Jota could be the man to benefit after his cameo in the 3-1 loss.
Jurgen Locadia (Brighton)
His move to the Seagulls just hasn’t quite worked out for all parties and it can’t be too long before the Dutchman is ditched by new boss Graham Potter.
Neal Maupay’s brilliant substitute appearance in the win over Watford could see Locadia lose his spot in the first-team.
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
It’s not been a great week for the French centre-back.
He looked like he’d turned a corner at Everton, while the sale of David Luiz paved the way for him to be a regular in the starting XI.
His display against Manchester United might have supporters and manager Frank Lampard worried, despite an improved showing against Liverpool.
Fikayo Tomori looked good when he got off the bench in the UEFA Super Cup though and might get a run out against Leicester ahead of Zouma.
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)
A baffling signing in the first place, he’s surely only good enough for a spot on the bench even in this Eagles team.
Wilfried Zaha should return now his future is at Selhurst Park, until January at least.
A fine player to have coming off the bench for manager Marco Silva but he’s just not cut out for starting role in a team attempting to crack the top six.
Alex Iwobi should replace him, if fit enough, and will be a big improvement
Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City)
The talented youngster is likely to see his minutes curtailed by the arrival of Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet.
Signed from Sampdoria, he could usurp Choudhury as soon as the weekend and leave the England Under-21 ace on the bench.
The Foxes youngster still has a major role to play for Brendan Rodgers this season, mind you.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
It’s not that the Brazilian deserves to be dropped, it’s just you never know what Pep Guardiola’s thinking will be.
The Citizens face a tough Tottenham Hotspur test on Saturday evening – live on talkSPORT – and the Spanish managed may opt for the experience of Aguero ahead of the spritely No.9.
Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City)
Had the German been wearing his shooting boots last Friday, the Canaries could have been involved in a real ding-dong high-scoring thriller with Liverpool.
Instead, Stiepermann skied a couple of decent chances and might see himself replaced by Moritz Leitner, as he was in the match.
We’d like to think Daniel Farke will give him another chance, though.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)
Watching the English left-back being torched by Kyle Walker on Saturday was one of the stand out moments of the weekend.
Cresswell looked totally helpless and he now seems a long way from the player who has previously earned three England caps.
Manuel Pellegrini may now turn to Arthur Masuaku as the Hammers take on Brighton.
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