By Crippy Cooke
The 2014/15 Premier League season is less than a week away, and for the newly-promoted clubs they are realising their dreams playing in the English top flight.
But the former Championship sides want to do more than just participate, and they have spent in the transfer market to ensure they stave off relegation this campaign.
What will the Premier League need to know about their new challengers and which promoted side has done the best business so far this summer?
Players in: Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Steven Reid (West Brom) Matthew Gilks (Blackpool), Matthew Taylor (West Ham), Michael Kightly (Stoke City)
Players out: Nick Liversedge (released), Micah Evans (Southport), Keith Treacy (Barnsley), Chris Baird (West Brom), Luke Conlan (released), Archie Love (released), Junior Stanislaw (Bournemouth), Joseph Mills (Oldham), Brian Stock (released), David Edgar (Birmingham), Kyle Brownhill (Hyde)
Burnley have brought in Premier League experienced players, but the Clarets have perhaps compromised for quality. Steven Reid and Matthew Taylor have racked up a lot of games in the English top flight, but their best form is behind them.
Sordell and Jutkiewicz do provide goals, but they will need good service into them – easier said than done against Premier League opposition.
2. Leicester City
Players in: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Ben Hamers (Charlton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Jack Barmby (Man Utd), Louis Rowley (Man Utd), Joe Davis (Port Vale)
Players out: Ben Frempah (Ross County) Paul Gallagher (Preston), Márkó Futács (Mersin Idmanyurdu), Neil Danns (Bolton), Adam Dawson (Notts County), George Taft (Burton), Zak Whitbread (Derby), Sean St Ledger (released), Lloyd Dyer (Watford), Kevin Phillips (retired).
Leicester City may have won the Championship title last season, but they were in need of strength in depth. They have a trusty scorer in Ulloa, who bagged 14 goals in 2013/14, while the arrival of talented and industrious winger Marc Albrighton will provide the creativity (4 assists, 34 chances created).
The Foxes have also have tightened up at the back with Upson (20 clean sheets for Brighton) joining this summer, and he was a standout performer for former side Brighton. Leicester supporters should be very pleased with their business so far.
1. Queens Park Rangers
Players in: Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Jordon Mutch (Cardiff), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
Players out: Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad), Gary O’Neil (Norwich), Mo Shariff (Bradford), Ángelo Balanta (released), Andy Johnson (released), Stéphane Mbia (released), Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Hogan Ephraim (released), Tom Hitchcock (Milton Keynes Dons), Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa) Sam Magri (released), Emmanuel Monthe (released), Samba Diakité (Al-Ittihad), Luke Young (released), Ji-Sung Park (released)
Queens Park Rangers have signed four fantastic players this summer, two of which are multiple league title-winners.
Their defence has been greatly boosted with Caulker and veteran Ferdinand to partner each other at centre-back, while talented Juve wing-back Isla will be challenging for the right-back slot.
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