MICHAEL BALLACK (Chelsea)
Great things are expected from the Germany captain after his free transfer from Bayern Munich. One of the most technically-adept players in the world,
his midfield partnership with Frank Lampard should be a joy to watch.
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO (Chelsea)
Premiership fans will finally get to see one of the best strikers in the world close up and his arrival at Stamford Bridge just makes the champions
even more formidable. Has a proven goalscoring record at every level and is likely to cause defences major problems.
JOHN TERRY (Chelsea)
The Chelsea captain's incredible ability to consistently perform to the highest standards has been the rock on which the club's back-to-back titles
have been built. An inspirational leader who is 100% committed to the cause.
THIERRY HENRY (Arsenal)
One of the few players whom even non-Arsenal fans will rejoice in seeing in the Premiership again after shunning the attentions of Barcelona. Blessed
with lightning pace, sublime skill and an unerring eye for goal, the Frenchman will be key to re-igniting the Gunners' title challenge.
CESC FABREGAS (Arsenal)
Grew in stature last season following the departure of midfield linchpin Patrick Vieira and became one of Arsenal's key performers. Great distribution
and energy make him ideally suited to the Premiership.
WAYNE ROONEY (Manchester United)
Rooney's power and strength on the ball, allied to sublime skill and an eye for the absolutely brilliant, make the England striker one of the
Premiership's prized assets. Questions continue to be raised about his temperament but that comes with the territory with Rooney.
CRISTIANO RONALDO (Manchester United)
The Portugal winger will start the new season full of confidence after his country's run in the World Cup. Has always had the ability to out-pace and
fool defenders with his quick-footed trickery but faced with opponents more likely to target him may just make him try even harder.
STEVEN GERRARD (Liverpool)
If one man encapsulates a whole team it is Liverpool captain Gerrard. A typical all-action British midfielder who is an inspiration to team-mates with
his driving runs, fearsome shooting, tough tackling and great goalscoring ability.
CRAIG BELLAMY (Liverpool)
One of the successes of last season, his 13 Premiership goals helped fire Blackburn into the UEFA Cup. The tenacious striker is powerful and fast and
scores some spectacular goals and, having been given a challenge by a top club, could well elevate his game to the next level.
AARON LENNON (Tottenham)
Came back from the World Cup, after his surprise selection, with his reputation significantly enhanced. Tricky and quick, Lennon will cause many
full-backs a problem but will be expected to deliver more consistently after his showing in Germany.
DEAN ASHTON (West Ham)
Scored six goals in 16 matches after signing from Norwich for 7.2million. Although Ashton will weigh in with his fair share of goals his hold-up play
and vision make him well-equipped to master the Premiership.
ANDREW JOHNSON (Everton)
If his last spell in the Premiership (with Crystal Palace) was anything to go by - when he was the leading English goalscorer - Everton may have
secured a prize asset. Not blessed with great pace but is a good finisher and will be key to Everton's fortunes.