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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047541 Top 10 Barclays Premier League Newcomers Top+10+Barclays+Premier+League+Newcomers Premier League

Last January, new faces like Luis Suarez (pictured) and David Luiz made it one of the most active winter transfer windows in history. This summer, although the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United have continued spending, the purse strings have tightened. The list of Top Ten Newcomers to the Barclays Premier League looks relatively thin.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047542 Honorable Mentions Honorable+Mentions Premier League

Before we get to the list, the honorable mentions: players like Blackburn's Mauro Formica (pictured, from Newell's Old Boys), Pajtim Kasami (Palermo to Fulham), Stefan Savic (Partizan to Manchester City), and Doni (Roma to Liverpool).

Here are the Barclays Premier League's top ten new faces, as of August 1, 2011.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047544 #10. Sylvain Marveaux, LW, Newcastle United (from Rennes, Ligue 1) %2310.+Sylvain+Marveaux%2C+LW%2C+Newcastle+United+%28from+Rennes%2C+Ligue+1%29 Premier League

Marveaux is an attacker who's scored 16 goals in five Ligue 1 seasons, not too impressive until you see 10 of those goals came in one season (two years ago) while he lost two of the last three seasons to injury. He's been good for one in six throughout his career, but staying on the pitch has been a problem.

One of three Ligue 1 players on this list, the 25-year-old could combine with countryman Hatem Ben Arfa to scare Premier League defenses. And if he pulls up lame, it will still prove a good gamble for the Magpies, who acquired the former Rennes man on a free.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047540 #9. Jay Bothroyd, F, Queens Park Rangers (from Cardiff City, Football Campionship) %239.+Jay+Bothroyd%2C+F%2C+Queens+Park+Rangers+%28from+Cardiff+City%2C+Football+Campionship%29 Premier League

Welcome back to the Premier League, Jay, a recent England international who has not been in the top division since his stint with Charlton Athletic in `05-06. Then, he was good for only two in 18, but in the second division, he scored 41 league goals over the last three years.

QPR desperately need to find some help for Adel Taarabt if they're to stay up without breaking their considerable bank. If Jay Bothroyd can be this year's Jermaine Beckford, Rangers will at least have another player for defenses to take into account.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047538 #8. John Arne Riise, LB, Fulham (from Roma, Serie A) %238.+John+Arne+Riise%2C+LB%2C+Fulham+%28from+Roma%2C+Serie+A%29 Premier League

And welcome back to John Arne Riise, too, who joins his brother at Fulham in what would otherwise be a curious move. Expect new manager Martin Jol to get good use out of the former Red, who turned into a valuable contributor during his three years at the Stadio Olimpico. When teaming with Clint Dempsey down the left side of the Cottager attack, Riise will give Fulham an attacking threat that will concern anybody.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30048597 7. Scott Sinclair, W, Swansea City (promoted from Football Championship) 7.+Scott+Sinclair%2C+W%2C+Swansea+City+%28promoted+from+Football+Championship%29 Premier League

Sinclair could serve as the exemplar for those that wish to complain that the Premier League's foreign talent is taking spots from England's future stars, with Sinclair finding refuge in Wales after trying to break in with Chelsea. But two great seasons with Swans in the second division have made Sinclair into one of England's better wide players, and after he posted a hat trick at Wembley to secure Swansea's promotion, Sinclair will be taking his talents to the Premier League. Ultimately, the big loser here is Chelsea - not Sinclair, England or (ultimately) Premier League fans.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047539 #6. Ji Dong-Won, F, Sunderland (from Chunnam Dragons, K-League) %236.+Ji+Dong-Won%2C+F%2C+Sunderland+%28from+Chunnam+Dragons%2C+K-League%29 Premier League

The 20-year-old attacker has burst onto the scene since last summer's World Cup, now with six goals in 11 appearances for South Korea, including four goals at last January's Asian Cup. His reward is a move back to England (he spent time with Reading as a 16-year-old), where Steve Bruce will hope he can team with Asamoah Gyan to help offset the loss of Darren Bent. With only a year-and-a-half's experience in the K-League, this may be too much, too soon.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047545 #5. Yohan Cabaye, M, Newcastle United (from Lille, Ligue 1) %235.+Yohan+Cabaye%2C+M%2C+Newcastle+United+%28from+Lille%2C+Ligue+1%29 Premier League

With the impending departure of Joey Barton, Cabaye's technical quality will be desperately needed, though seeing those two playing in the same midfield would have been fun for Magpies supporters. Like Barton, Cabaye has the ability to feed the likes of Hatem Ben Afra, Sylvain Marveaux, and Demba Ba while still providing a presence in the middle of the park. An underrated acquisition, Cabaye was one of the keys to Lille's title-winning campaign, somebody whose play could provide some needed reliability given Newcastle's already experiencing some instability.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047536 #4. Adel Taarabt, M, Queens Park Rangers (promoted from Football Championship) %234.+Adel+Taarabt%2C+M%2C+Queens+Park+Rangers+%28promoted+from+Football+Championship%29 Premier League

In the last four months, Adel Taarabt has been named Player of the Year in the Championship, professed his love for Chelsea, claimed a connection to most of the world's other big clubs, and walked away from his national team before settling back in to tackle his first full Premier League campaign. With nine league appearances in three seasons for Spurs from 2006-09, we barely got to know the Moroccan during his last stint in the Prem. This time, he'll make sure we notice.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047535 #3. Gervinho, W/F, Arsenal (from Lille, Ligue 1) %233.+Gervinho%2C+W%2FF%2C+Arsenal+%28from+Lille%2C+Ligue+1%29 Premier League

Just because he was arguably the last thing Arsenal needed doesn't mean he won't be good. He won't play central defense, defensive midfield, left back or goal, but what he will do is provide the consistent threat from wide that Andrei Arshavin has failed to give. He scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 last year, 25 in the last two. If he can score at half that rate in his first Premier League campaign, Arsene Wenger's annual Ligue 1 purchase will be a success.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047537 #2. David de Gea, G, Manchester United (from Atletico Madrid, La Liga) %232.+David+de+Gea%2C+G%2C+Manchester+United+%28from+Atletico+Madrid%2C+La+Liga%29 Premier League

If you don't know what de Gea has in common with Tim Howard beyond their position of choice, you don't remember the last time Manchester United tried to replace a goalkeeping legend. Just because de Gea is probably better than Howard is or ever was does not mean he'll have an easier time replacing Edwin van der Sar than Howard had replacing Peter Schmeichel. De Gea, only 20-years-old, is already an established professional with a major trophy won at a prominent Spanish club. All of which means little at Old Trafford.

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Premier League 433 8 Top 10 Newcomers: Barclays Premier League Preview 30047543 #1. Sergio "Kun" Aguero, F, Manchester City (from Atletico Madrid, La Liga) %231.+Sergio+%26quot%3BKun%26quot%3B+Aguero%2C+F%2C+Manchester+City+%28from+Atletico+Madrid%2C+La+Liga%29 Premier League

It may be both too easy and unfair to call Sergio Aguero another Carlos Tevez, but Aguero's electing to follow in Tevez'sfootsteps at Manchester City makes the comparison diifficult to resist. The easy part: He exhibits all the explosiveness of his older countryman and is probably a more natural scorer. The unfair part: He's not the heart-on-his-sleeve icon that Tevez becomes at every club he temporarily inhabits. Regardless, Aguero's is clearly the biggest name to come to England during the summer transfer window.

So far.

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