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

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Jeremain Lens (Sunderland)

Sunderland fans were delighted when Dick Advocaat reversed his initial decision to leave the Stadium of Light at the end of last season and announced he would remain at the club for another year.

Had the 67-year-old departed as planned, Lens would likely be playing elsewhere in the coming campaign: having worked with Advocaat at PSV and AZ Alkmaar, the Dutchman’s presence in the dugout was a key factor in his compatriot moving to Wearside.

A winger comfortable playing on either the right or the left, Lens’ speed and direct dribbling will be an asset for a team that has lacked such characteristics in recent years. The former Dynamo Kiev man is capable of both stretching the play horizontally and coming inside to contribute in central areas, and could become a key man as the Black Cats look to retain their Premier League status once more.

Cuco Martina (Southampton)

Cuco Martina

Just as Southampton moved quickly to bring in Clasie as Schneiderlin’s replacement, right-back Martina was captured just days after Clyne completed his transfer to Liverpool. With Ryan Bertrand forced to undergo knee surgery, Martina may play his first competitive Saints’ games as a left-back, with the 25-year-old’s versatility – he has also played in the centre of defence and as a midfielder – directly cited by Ronald Koeman as a factor in his decision to bring him to St Mary's. A fine reader of the game and confident with the ball at his feet, the former Twente utility player should be a real asset this term.