UPDATED 02:00 18th August 2014
MARKO ARNAUTOVIC who had previously plied his trade at the highest level in Holland, Italy and Germany gradually grew into a fans’ favourite after arriving in the summer of 2013.
The Austrian international, who can play either as a winger or as a striker, has become a main figure of creativity in Mark Hughes’ side since arriving from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.
Arnautovic launched his professional career in Holland with FC Twente, making his debut as a substitute against PSV Eindhoven in April 2007.
The following year he signed a contract extension with Twente, despite reports of interest from Feyenoord, but in 2009 – after scoring 12 goals in 44 league appearances for Twente - he left Holland to join Inter Milan on loan.
He spent the 2009-10 season on loan at the San Siro but struggled to make an impact in Serie A and made only three appearances for Jose Mourinho’s Inter.
Arnautovic was on the move again in the summer of 2010 as he joined German outfit Bremen on a four-year deal.
He scored 14 goals in 72 Bundesliga appearances – including a hat-trick at Hoffenheim – and was also on target against Inter in the Champions League.
Arnautovic is a key figure at international level for his country. He won the first of his 31 caps in 2008 and has scored seven times for Austria.