Premier League New Arrivals Set to Be Given a Second Chance
Of all the players who did not play in the Premier League last season but will play in the forthcoming one, most of them are foreign imports.
However, there are a handful of players who have already been on the books of another Premier League, and for one reason or another, things didn't work out.
Here are a few players who will get a second bite of the cherry in 2012/13.
Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United)
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The former Bolton forward is a lot more recognizable now that he started modelling his hairstyle on whichever one of Kid 'n Play had the vertically stacked Afro do.
After a making his Bolton debut as a 17-year-old back in 2004, the Portuguese player only made 10 league starts among his 58 league appearances for the Trotters in the ensuing seven years at the club.
After a period in the wilderness at Hull City, Hibernian and Barnsley, Vaz Te was reunited with former manager Sam Allardyce in January. He responded by scoring 10 league goals for West Ham as well as the winning goal in the Championship playoff final.
Now 25, Vaz Te is finally showing the potential Allardyce saw in him and is ready to be unleashed on the Premier League.
Chris Gunter (Reading)
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A few years ago, Tottenham signed a teenage full-back from Wales who had bags of potential and came highly rated. Six months earlier, they had signed Gareth Bale.
The arrival of versatile defender Chris Gunter at White Hart Lane in January 2008 would not prove to be as fruitful as the signing of his compatriot the previous summer. After just five league appearances in 14 months, he was shipped off to Nottingham Forest, from whom Spurs recouped most of the £2 million they paid Cardiff for him.
Now, after three years of finally having the chance to develop, Gunter rebuilt his reputation as a stalwart at the City Ground, making more than 130 league appearances. Newly-promoted Reading have taken a chance on a player who has unfinished business in the top flight.
Danny Fox (Southampton)
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A former trainee at Everton, left-back Fox looked like he got his big break in 2009 when he signed for Celtic.
However, despite making his Scotland debut within a few months of arriving in Glasgow, Fox was on the move back south of the border the following January when he was enlisted to help Burnley's bid for Premier League survival.
Despite scoring what proved to be the winner against West Ham on his debut, the Trotters could not avoid the drop, but a move to Southampton last summer has earned the 26-year-old the chance to attack a campaign in the top flight from the start.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)
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By far the most eye-catching name on this list, Borini arrives at Liverpool for a fee of around £10 million, having played just 32 minutes of Premier League football from his spell at Chelsea.
After opportunities at Stamford Bridge proved thin on the ground for the young Italian, a loan spell at Swansea was the perfect stage for the striker to showcase his talents. He did just that with six goals in his first seven matches, including a wonderful Didier Drogba-style free kick.
Eschewing the chance to embark of Swansea's promotion campaign, Borini went to Roma where he scored nine goals in 24 Serie A appearances last term.
Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers had seen enough to make the 21-year-old his first signing at Anfield.