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

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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

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

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

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

8. Tom Cleverley

England's Tom Cleverley during training. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

drajac@sph.com.sg

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