Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (right) will again be a force for Manchester City as they aim to retain the Premier League title. Yaya's power and presence was vital for City last term and he also scored some important goals - form that looks set to continue after he struck in the 3-2 win against Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Manchester City also have an emerging talent in Abdul Razak, who could make the breakthrough this season. The 19-year-old midfielder has already won a cap for Ivory Coast and will be eager to add to his two appearances so far for the City first team after narrowly missing out on selection for the Community Shield.
Wigan have brought in Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, who says he joined the club because of manager Roberto Martinez's football philosophy and the team's style of play. Kone, 28, signed from Spanish side Levante, where he scored 15 times in 34 games last season.
Wigan have, though, lost Senegal defensive midfielder Mohamed Diame (left), who has joined newly promoted West Ham in the summer. The Londoners will be hoping the 6ft 1 in ball-winner will provide stability and help to prevent them from dropping straight back down to the Championship.
West Ham have brought in more African talent in the shape of Modibo Maiga, a Mali international who plays as a forward or a winger. He joined the east London club from Sochaux, having been so desperate to leave the French side last season that he went on strike to try to force a move to Newcastle.
Victor Moses is another of the African stars of the Premier League - and prompted Chelsea to sign him from Wigan for a reported fee of around US$14 million. The speedy player represented England at U21 level but opted for Nigeria at senior level and has three caps for the Super Eagles.
Papis Cisse joined Newcastle in January and wasted no time in settling in, the Senegal striker cracking home an incredible 13 goals in 14 appearances. The Magpies finished fifth in the league last season and will need Cisse to be firing on all cylinders if they are to repeat the feat.
Newcastle's strike-force is a twin-pronged attack made in Senegal, with Demba Ba (right) the other component alongside Cisse. This season will be Demba Ba's second for the Magpies and he'll be aiming to improve on his 16-goal return last term.
Liverpool's ranks have been bolstered by 24-year-old Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi, who has joined them from Dutch side Heerenveen. Assaidi has 22 caps for his country and comes with a decent scoring record, having notched 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen.
Benin international Stephane Sessegnon was voted Sunderland's player of the year last term in his first season at the Stadium of Light. The 28-year-old played 42 times for the Black Cats and scored 10 goals as he made a rapid transition to life in England after leaving French club Paris St Germain.