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Premier League World Cup Newcomers

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With the World Cup done and dusted it’s time to ready ourselves for the 2014/15 Premier League season and there have been plenty of players who represented their countries over in Brazil who will be plying their trade in this year’s Premier League for the first time.

Premier League managers have been quick to snap up some talented stars and Tom Powell has taken a look at a few of the names we’ll be seeing next season…

Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

Club: West Ham
Age: 24
Position: Striker
Fee: £12million
Best Bet: Top Premier League Scorer @ 80/1

There’s already plenty of pressure on the Ecuadorian forward to live up to his big price tag after West Ham were hit with another Andy Carroll injury blow with the lanky Englishmen set to be sidelined for around four months.

But Valencia comes with a reputation as a goalscorer having notched 18 goals in 23 matches for his previous club Pachuca while his record for his country is seven goals in 13 outings. He had a fairly productive World Cup as well with three goals netted in three Group E outings but couldn’t quite prevent Ecuador from bowing out at the group stage.
He’s yet to find the net for his new club in pre-season but with the Hammers having brought in a few creative players he should find himself amongst the goals next term.

Christian Atsu (Ghana)

Club: Chelsea
Age: 22
Position: Winger
Fee: Undisclosed (Summer 2013)
Best Bet: Chelsea To Win the Premier League @ 15/8

Christian Atsu is unlikely to get too much game time at Chelsea this term but there have been increasing whispers that he’ll be loaned out for a second successive season with mooted interest from Everton and Aston Villa.

The Ghanaian winger joined Chelsea last summer and spent last campaign on loan at Vitesse and made quite an impact with 28 appearances and five goals as Vitesse snuck into the Europa League play-offs but ultimately lost out to Groningen. Atsu started all three of Ghana’s World Cup group matches but couldn’t prevent a group stage exit but he’ll be chomping at the bit to show what he can do in the Premier League this season.

David Ospina (Colombia)

Club: Arsenal
Age: 25
Position: Goalkeeper
Fee: £3.2million
Best Bet: Arsenal Top 4 Finish @ 4/7

Although Arsene Wenger has said that Wojciech Szcz?sny will remain Arsenal’s number one this season Colombia’s David Ospina is sure to push him for a place between the sticks after the departure of Lukas Fabianski.

Ospina certainly did himself no harm over in Brazil as he helped Colombia to the quarter-finals where they narrowly lost out to Brazil and claimed two clean sheets during that run to the last eight. He already had a good reputation as a shot stopper during his time in Nice conceding just 44 goals in last season’s Ligue 1 despite his side finishing just one place above the drop zone (just four teams outside the top four conceded fewer goals).

Darryl Janmaat (Holland)

Club: Newcastle
Age: 25
Position: Right Back
Fee: Undisclosed
Best Bet: Newcastle Top Half Finish @ 7/5

Perhaps one of Newcastle’s more understated signings of the summer so far, especially with the likes of Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong and Emmanuel Riviere having joined the club but the Dutchman is set to be a crucial player for Alan Pardew’s side.

With Mathieu Debuchy having headed south Janmaat will slot straight in at right-back and if has the same impact he had during the World Cup the St James’ Park faithful will be delighted. After playing in all Holland’s group matches he was left out of the second round and last eight encounters before being reinstated for the semi-final and third place play-off with the Dutch keeping clean sheets in both matches.

Jefferson Montero (Ecuador)

Club: Swansea
Age: 24
Position: Winger
Fee: Undisclosed
Best Bet: Swansea To Finish Higher Than Sunderland @ 10/11

Another Ecuadorian that caught the eye over the summer was Jefferson Montero who was swiftly snapped up by Swansea. Montero started all three of Ecuador’s matches over in Brazil and will be looking to establish himself in Garry Monk’s starting eleven for the coming season.

Despite being just 24 Montero has already played for nine different teams and never played more than 63 matches for one side but his goalscoring record is decent for a winger with 44 goals in 211 club matches and eight in 43 for his country. His chief responsibility will be creating goals and he possesses plenty of skill and pace to do just that with Swansea forwards Bafetembi Gomis and Wilfried Bony licking their lips at the prospect of being in the same side.

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