There he stands, all 6 ft 2 of him. Slender in build, gangly, you could say. Back slightly arched, his posture needs work there is no doubting that. Sinister eyes, they're dark and look through you. You wouldn't fancy meeting him down an alleyway after a night on the tiles.
He looks like an untrustworthy conman who claims he can do you a great deal on your double glazing, if you could just spare him a minute of your time. This is no conman, though, it is a Premier League striker about to make a name for himself in England. A man so smooth in possession who despite his appearance, stature and posture, can bamboozle the world's best defenders with staggering ease.
This is Dimitar Berbatov, he is a forward for Tottenham Hotspur and the Bulgarian national team. He is unheard of to many but has just made the switch to White Hart Lane from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for £10million. Everyone is talking about his arrival to the Premier League.
The year is 2006 and Martin Jol takes up the navy blue leather hot seat in north London, looking to better Tottenham's fifth-place finish in the top flight a year previously. His squad includes the likes of Paul Robinson, Pascal Chimbonda, Jermaine Jenas, Adel Taraabt, Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane.
Ledley King is at the top of his game; he can't stay fit, Ledley, can only train a few times a week in isolation but is still one of the best defenders in the league. Danny Murphy is pulling strings in central midfield while Steed Malbranque proves a nuisance out wide on the left.
Jermain Defoe is banging them in when he's given half a chance, like he always does and when Keane scores he rolls, and rolls and rolls, then produces an imaginary gun with his fingers. The UEFA Cup is still called the UEFA Cup, Spurs are currently mainstays in the competition; their Thursday evening's rarely ever free. Berbatov is raring to go; he's ready to get started, ready to show what he can do at his new club. He's excited, though never shows it. Ice runs through the Bulgarian's veins, fans hold high expectations for their new arrival.