PARMA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus looks on during the serie A match between Parma Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Ennio Tardini on September 1, 2018 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Five Top Players Who Need to Step up to the Plate This Weekend

The new season is almost a month old and we have already witnessed some memorable encounters and scintillating individual performances. 

After mentioning the standout performers of the season, it's time to look at some of the stars who haven't quite matched their lofty standards, so far, and are desperate for redemption.

Here are five players who are in desperate need of an eye-catching performance this weekend. 

5. Harry Kane

The World Cup Golden Boot winner may not look out of form due to the couple of goals he has scored, but the Englishman most definitely is out of shape. Most critics have pointed out his lethargic movement and believe he's too tired to make an impact. 

Tottenham Hotspur will take on league leaders, Liverpool, this weekend, and they would definitely need their talisman to be at his sharpest. 

4. Mesut Ozil

A disappointing World Cup campaign and controversial retirement later, Mesut Ozil finds himself in a bit of a difficult spot. On the one hand he's desperate to find his doubters wrong, but on the other hand he's been well below his usual standards. 

Boss Unai Emery, too, believes the German can bring more to the table, and that the time has finally come for the midfielder to honour the armband. 

3. Paul Pogba

After helping France to World Cup glory, many had expected Paul Pogba to have a similar impact with Manchester United, as well. The midfielder started splendidly against Leicester City, but is yet to follow it up with another convincing display. 

This week, as United travel to Vicarage Road, Pogba must step up and inspire his side to a much-needed win over Watford. 

2. Mohamed Salah

After taking the Premier League by storm, Mohamed Salah went into the World Cup full of hope and confidence. But struggling with a shoulder injury, the Egypt international couldn't do enough to lead his side to the knockouts. 

Despite scoring two goals in four appearances, Salah has not looked at his best, but a good outing against Tottenham Hotspur, this week could give his confidence a massive boost. 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Since moving from Real Madrid in the summer, five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, has not looked at home in Turin. Despite making three Serie A appearances, the prolific goalscorer is yet to score a goal for the Bianconeri, and the Portuguese superstar is getting visibly frustrated. 

Juventus will face second-placed Sassuolo this weekend, handing Ronaldo the perfect opportunity to announce his arrival to the world.