5 Most Impressive English Premier League Stars in Preseason Tours

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5 Most Impressive English Premier League Stars in Preseason Tours
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Despite being signed by his predecessor, David Moyes has been effusive with praise for new arrival Wilfred Zaha

Gone are the days when club's preseason routines would consist of gruelling hill runs, dips in the North Sea or army-esque press-up drills (all, obviously, completed with players wearing bin liners under their shirts as to sweat out the remnants of the previous night's over-indulgement).

Now the only thing military about the summer months are the continent-hopping, money-spinning regimental schedules that clubs must stick to as to appease their overseas fanbases.

Whether it be Asia, Australasia, America or Africa, Premier League teams have them all covered. With the global reach of the modern game, these are seen as a prime opportunities to remind far-flung followers that they are just as appreciated as those who live within a stone's throw of the home stadium.

Straight after landing, players are whisked off to autograph signing sessions before participating in open training sessions, as well as the customary visit to local schools or hospitals. There are then photo opportunities in front of local sights and with dignitaries.

Extra points go to those who participate in indigenous, cultural activities (step forward Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, Arsenal's very own Samurai warriors).

In amongst this frenetic hive of activity the occasional preseason game happens, allowing players the chance to blow off the cobwebs from that ephemeral summers holiday. Similarly, it also presents managers the chance to see who needs extra time before the new campaign commences, as well as identifying areas to bolster.

With the 2013/14 English Premier League season beginning in just over two weeks timeand, lest you forget, there's the small matter of a World Cup in 12 months time, so expect an extra high-octane affair the majority of teams have showcased their talent, both new and old.

But which players have posted particularly positive performances? Let's take a look at five individuals who have caught the eye.

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