The Premier League season is in full swing and already we are getting a glimpse of who will be claiming the individual awards come May. For some, however, life at their current club has become tough and these five must make a move in January before it's too late.
In case you've been living under a rock for the last few days, a bit of background first. England played San Marino on Thursday night, a game that Sterling started before being taken off at half time. England then played Estonia on Sunday evening and Roy Hodgson let slip that the Liverpool youngster wouldn't be starting as he'd told the manager that he felt "tired".
In a way, Louis van Gaal has a lot to thank David Moyes for. If it weren't for the Scot lowering the bar like a particularly enthusiastic assistant at a limbo dancing competition, Van Gaal would've been under much heavier fire for his side's dreadful opening month of the season.
Gus Poyet managed to guide Sunderland to safety with relative ease last term, playing a pretty brand of football along the way. As a result, the Uruguayan has earned himself a special place in many Wearsider's hearts.
Nearly a fifth of the way through the league campaign already and Everton are sitting in 17th with just one win. It's not what fans would have expected after such a bright first season under Martinez.
Despite his well documented frustration at Manchester United, the Scot is a highly respected manager with unquestioned ability. He may just be the man that Newcastle need to turn them into a consistent top-half side.
Players tipped for success have struggled and others have surprised, settling into life in the world's top league. Some teams have bought well and improved on last season's outing, but others have inexplicably struggled. Here is the ultimate collection of the Premier League's biggest over and under-achievers so far.
If his attitude and form don't improve dramatically before Christmas, some hard decisions will have to be made. Van Gaal has a history of not respecting reputations, and he may well go back on his promise to play Rooney if he deems it necessary.
When Burnley first entered the Premier League back in 2009 they may have been relegated finishing 18th, but at least Turf Moor became somewhat intimidating as they won their first four fixtures at home. So far two draws and a defeat hasn't set them up anywhere near as well as for that season, and they went back down then!
Losing your best player will always have an adverse effect on a team. Liverpool have struggled this season following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, while Tottenham failed to sufficiently replace Gareth Bale after his record breaking move to Real Madrid. Athletic Club are following suit having floundered through the first 6 weeks of the campaign on the back of Ander Herrera's big money move to Manchester United.
After being linked with a move to Napoli in January, followed by a potential return to France over the summer, Capoue is establishing himself as a first team regular at White Hart Lane this term. Pochettino has placed a lot of faith in the midfielder and now fans are seeing the best of the 26-year-old as he shines in front of the back four and if Spurs are to enjoy some long-awaited success this season; Capoue may play a crucial role in this dream becoming reality.
There has been plenty of class from the 35 sides who didn't go down straight away. Some even surprised everyone and punched well above their weight when back (or debuting) in the big time. Here are five of the best.
Major squad overhauls usually have an adverse effect on the team - take Spurs' season in the wake of Bale's multi-million pound move to Real Madrid - but Koeman has taken everything in his stride and built a side capable of matching Pochettino's from last season.
Ulloa's aerial ability means he has developed a statistically calculated strength of 'headed attempts', and with Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp breaking down either flank, the aim is to put the ball into the danger zone where the striker can maximise this facet of this game.
Big Sam has done exactly what has been asked of him and fans can now look forward to every game, something that has not been true for a long time. So after all of this, has he done enough to win over even his biggest critics, or is it still too early to tell?
The way Liverpool are headed at the moment, it's entirely possible that they'll be left to scrap it out with Manchester United for the last place in the top six, which would be a rather painful comedown after their title challenge last season.