Rapidly improving central defender who is developing the knack for scoring important goals from set-pieces. Rarely missed a game last year condemning Chris Fairclough to a solitary outing. Age 24
Glenn Helder (Arsenal)
All eyes are on Dennis Bergkamp but Helder, a fellow graduate of the famed Ajax youth system, could make just as big an impact. Quick, a good finisher and full of tricks, one of which astounded Arsenal fans against Norwich last season. Should flourish under the winger- friendly Bruce Rioch, as long as he does his share of defensive work. Age 26.
Alan Thompson (Bolton)
Caught the eye with a marvellous volleyed goal in the Coca-Cola Cup final last year and has also appeared for the England Under-21s. He's versatile too, and can play wide on the left or, as a playmaker. Could become Bolton's key player should McAteer depart. Age 21.
Ned Zelic (QPR)
Versatile and accomplished Australian who has forsaken Borussia Dortmund's Champions' League campaign to join Rangers. Can play anywhere in defence or midfield. Played for Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Age 24
Savo Milosevic (Aston Villa)
The great unknown of this season's Premiership. Even Brian Little had not seen him in the flesh before persuading Doug Ellis to send pounds 3.5m to Partizan Belgrade. However, Parma, Juventus, Dortmund, Paris SG and Atletico Madrid were all interested and 50 league goals in two years illustrates why. Could be sensational - or abroad by Christmas. Age 21.
Nicky Butt (Manchester United)
A big occasion player, and United get plenty of those. Made his debut, as substitute, at Leeds; started for the first time against Galatasaray. Coped well with both and then developed so fast Alex Ferguson has not bothered to seek a replacement for Paul Ince. Good passer, quick-witted around the box, not prepared to be intimidated. Will be the foil to Roy Keane's midfield drive. Age 20.