Much of the focus in assessing talent across the Premier League is on finding the next undervalued youth gem.
Yet, just as often, the savvy acquisition of a wily veteran can positively impact clubs in the transfer market.
Few, for instance, can doubt the instant impact Craig Bellamy made at Liverpool last season. His signing was an afterthought compared to the expensive acquisitions of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing among others.
However, in the end he had perhaps the greatest campaign of all the new additions in 2011/12.
Scott Parker joined Tottenham with similarly sparse fanfare last summer. In the end though, he was a big reason the club finished fourth.
Who will be this year's Parker? Here is a list of XI Premier League players who still have a lot of mileage left in the tank despite their respective age.