Import duties

Simon Lewis highlights five new foreigners who are expected to shine this season.

Eric Djemba Djemba

He grew up with the nickname ‘Little Cantona’ in his native Cameroon and if he is even half the player the original Eric was in a Manchester United shirt then the signing of Djemba Djemba could be another Alex Ferguson masterstroke. It is said the African will be groomed as the successor to Roy Keane so expectations are obviously as high as the billing. The 22-year-old possesses pace, aggression and athleticism and Fergie sees him as the ideal ball distributor in midfield.

Brett Emerton

Having been linked with a move to the Premiership for the last three seasons, the Australian finally made the short hop from Rotterdam giants Feyenoord this summer when he joined Blackburn much to the disappointment of Aston Villa, Leeds and Newcastle. Emerton possesses both flair and a high work-rate and can play out wide on the right or more centrally. As a replacement for David Dunn, Graeme Souness should be more than pleased.

Tim Howard

The American goalkeeper made an instant impact on Manchester United’s pre- season US tour, with great performances to thwart Juventus and Barcelona and again, against Arsenal on Sunday. Alex Ferguson is delighted with the US international who was unearthed by goalkeeping coach Tony Coton. Coton says 6ft 3ins Howard reminds him of Peter Schmeichel: “He stands up very well in one-on-one situations, he’s quick and he reads the game well. One of his best assets is that he has a big presence and really dominates the box.”

Helder Postiga

Having shelled out £6.25m on the Portuguese 21-year-old striker Glenn Hoddle will be keen to see an instant return on his investment. Postiga hit the net 19 times for Porto last season on their way to a league and UEFA Cup double and also scored twice on his debut for Portugal in June. In tandem with Robbie Keane, Spurs may at last have a genuinely quick and sharp cutting edge up front.

Philippe Senderos

After Arsene Wenger’s less than successful forays onto the market for a partner to Sol Campbell and successor to Martin Keown and the mistake in letting Matthew Upson leave Highbury, the signing of another continental centre back should send shivers down the spine of every Arsenal fan.

But where Igor Stepanovs and Pascal Cygan have failed, Wenger is sure that this time, he has the right man in this 18-year-old Swiss teenager.

Le Professeur says Senderos is a good defender and a leader but where have we heard that before?

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