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Meet the new boys: 15 foreign Premier League arrivals you need to know about

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Christian Fuchs (Leicester)

Leicester’s dramatic late escape to avoid what seemed an inevitable relegation was one of the stories of the 2014/15 campaign. Seemingly dead and buried after a 4-3 defeat to Tottenham in March left them seven points adrift of 17th, the Foxes bounced back to win seven of their remaining nine matches and retain their top-flight status.

The turnaround was built largely on an increase in defensive solidity, with five clean sheets recorded in that run-in. The signing of left-back Fuchs indicates Leicester’s intention to bolster the backline further; the former Schalke man offering strength and robustness as well as superb crossing ability at the other end of the field.

Christian Fuchs

Sebastian Prodl (Watford)

Sebastian Prodl

Only time will tell whether Watford’s summer recruitment drive has been broad and thorough or excessive and scattergun, with 10 new arrivals from six different leagues having pitched up at Vicarage Road.

Centre-back Prodl is one such addition, the 28-year-old ending a seven-year association with Werder Bremen to join the Hornets in June. A towering defender, the Austrian is rarely beaten in aerial duels and is a real threat from set-pieces. Though not the fastest, a lack of speed in the legs is compensated by a quick-thinking brain, with Prodl’s positioning and reading of the game key attributes of his.