Football: Arsenal, Everton & Stoke's new boys out to impress at Barclays Asia Trophy

The two-day Barclays Asia Trophy tournament is set to be a platform for fans to witness their clubs' newest signings on display.
The two-day Barclays Asia Trophy tournament is set to be a platform for fans to witness their clubs' newest signings on display. PHOTO: FAS

The 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy kicks off on Wednesday when Everton grapple with Stoke City while a Singapore Selection XI will look to stifle English FA Cup champions Arsenal at the National Stadium.

The two-day tournament is also set to be a platform for fans to witness their clubs' newest signings on display.

Here are eight new signings that will look to get off on the right foot while in Singapore before they make their mark in the English Premier League (EPL).

1. Petr Cech

Petr Cech shows his Arsenal jersey during a presentation in Prague on July 1, 2015.  PHOTO: REUTERS

The most high-profile signing of the lot, Petr Cech has been hailed as the most important signing of the summer and it is not hard to see why. The 33-year-old arrived at Arsenal on a four-year contract for a fee of around £21 million (S$44.27 million). A three-time winner of the EPL Golden Glove, he has been a cornerstone of a trophy-laden decade for London rivals, Chelsea. In his 11-year spell with the Blues, the Czech collected an impressive haul of 13 trophies (four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups, one Europa League title and one Champions League title). The Arsenal supporters will be hoping that Cech can deliver when called upon at the Emirates, the same way he did at the Stamford Bridge.

2. Jeff Reine-Adelaide

France midfielder Jeff Reine Adelaide (right) vies with Germany defender Daniel Nesseler (left) during the 2015 UEFA Euro Cup final football match between France and Germany in Burgas on May 22, 2015.  PHOTO: AFP

While the capture of Cech has been celebrated, little has been written about Arsenal's two other signings - Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Yassin Fortune, who were bought from the acclaimed Lens academy last month for a combined fee of around £6.3 million. Reine-Adelaide is one of the lesser known names to have travelled here with the Gunners' 27-man squad. An attacking midfielder who is able to play on the left, right or through the middle, the 17-year-old has already tasted success this year as he was a pivotal part of the France team's win at the U-17 European Championship in May where they crushed Germany 4-1 in the final.

3. Glen Johnson

Liverpool's English defender Glen Johnson warms up prior to the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley stadium in London on April 19, 2015.  PHOTO: AFP

The former Liverpool right-back has joined Stoke City on a free transfer after being released by the Reds at the end of last season and brings a wealth of experience to the Potters, having won 54 England caps. The 30-year-old was first-choice right-back at last year's World Cup for England and his addition will solidify the back-line of Mark Hughes' side. Johnson is also an EPL winner, having triumphed with Chelsea during the 2004-2005 campaign and while he is the same age as Phil Bardsley and Geoff Cameron, Johnson offers an attacking threat down the right flank. He will be hoping to ensure that Stoke City can improve on their ninth-place finish last season.

4. Joselu

Hanover's Spanish striker Jose Luis Mato (Joselu) controlling the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hanover 96 vs FC Augsburg in Hanover, northern Germany.  PHOTO: AFP 

A former Spanish Under-21 international, Joselu signed from Hannover last month in a £12 million deal and he will be eager to impress for his new club at the Barclays Asia Trophy. The 25-year-old is a former Real Madrid player, having turned out for Los Blancos from 2010-2012. A forward who has the pace to stretch defences as well as win aerial battles with ease, Joselu will look to make an impact in the EPL next season after a decent outing in the German Bundesliga last season, where he netted 10 goals in 32 appearances.

5. Jakob Haugaard

One of two goalkeepers signed to replace Asmir Begovic, who departed for EPL champions Chelsea, Haugaard joins Stoke City on the back of a successful season with Danish Superliga champions FC Midtjylland. The 23-year-old will face stiff competition from veteran Shay Given and England Under-21 custodian Jack Butland for the No. 1 role between the sticks for the Potters.

6. Shay Given

Republic of Ireland's Shay Given during training.  PHOTO: REUTERS

The vastly experienced goalkeeper signed a two-year contract with Stoke City after being released from the final year of his deal with Aston Villa. One of the most experienced goalkeepers in the English game, he has made over 400 EPL appearances while earning 128 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Having worked with Hughes previously at Manchester City, the veteran was captured with a view to replacing the outgoing Begovic. A strong personality, Given's presence will have an impact on the rest of the squad be it on or off the pitch.

7. Marco van Ginkel

AC Milan's Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel (right) vies for the ball with Genoa's Italian midfielder Andrea Bertolacci during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Genoa on April 29, 2015 at the San Siro Stadium stadium in Milan.  PHOTO: AFP

A season-long loan signing from Chelsea, he could well prove to be a shrewd capture for the Potters. A replacement for Steven N'Zonzi, who left for Europa League champions Sevilla, van Ginkel offers more of an attacking threat than his predecessor. Out on loan last season at Italian giants A C Milan, van Ginkel shone when fit for the Rossoneri , as he had an encouraging end to the season. Chelsea fans will be hoping that the 22-year-old can fulfil the promise that led to Jose Mourinho forking out £18 million for his services.

8. Tom Cleverley

England's Tom Cleverley during training.  PHOTO: REUTERS 

Manchester United fans have been rejoicing over the capture of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger but just over a year ago, Tom Cleverley represented all things wrong at Old Trafford as he was often booed by his own fans. But after a stellar season for English FA Cup finalists Aston Villa, for whom he netted thrice while on loan, Cleverley earned a move to Everton on a free transfer after his contract at United expired. Having been an integral part of the Red Devils' 2012-13 EPL winning season, when he made 29 appearances for Alex Ferguson's side, Cleverley is a smooth operator in midfield when on song. With Everton aiming to do much better than their 11th-place finish last season, Cleverley's form will be an important factor if the Tofees are to qualify for Europe again.

Gerard Deulofeu and Philipp Wollscheid are the two other players that were signed by Everton and Stoke respectively after impressing on loan in a previous stint with their clubs.