What to expect from the top flight's new Spaniards

The influx of Spaniards in to the Premier League has been steady since Rafael Benítez turned up at Liverpool in 2004.

Of last season's top seven clubs, all bar Everton had at least one Spanish-born player in their ranks, and with Roberto Martí­nez now in charge at Goodison it seems very possible the Toffees may follow suit. What has increased is the number of new arrivals at teams lower down the table, as the expertise of managers such as Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup is used to good effect. With the economic difficulties facing clubs in Spain below Barcelona and Real Madrid, it's the perfect hunting ground for a bargain - as Swansea's £2m capture of Michu last summer proved.

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