The summer transfer window officially opened on July 1st and despite it still being early days, there are a number of new arrivals looking to make an impact in the Premier League next term.
There are at least three top quality candidates for a place between the sticks so far – Fulham brought in Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma whilst Aston Villa signed highly-rated England youngster Jed Steer from Norwich. However, by far the best quality stopper is Liverpool’s new signing Simon Mignolet who moves from Sunderland for £10 million.
There aren’t as many notable options for the right fullback spot which means 20-year-old Uruguayan prospect Guilermo Varela, so far Manchester United’s only addition this summer, is probably the best bet, if almost by default.
On the opposite side of the back four, there are a couple of very good left-backs in the running – the most experienced is Razvan Rat who has arrived at West Ham on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk at 32 years of age. However, my pick would be Stoke’s signing of 24-year-old Dutchman Erik Pieters for £3 million from PSV Eindhoven.
My pairing in central defence is most definitely Southampton signing 24-year-old Dejan Lovren who arrived from Lyon for a hefty £8.5 million fee alongside Fulham’s 28-year-old Fernando Amorebieta - an absolute bargain on a free transfer from Athletico Bilbao. Still a quality signing on a free transfer from Manchester City is Liverpool’s 32-year-old Kolo Toure who makes the bench.
There are quite a few competitors for the midfield – some youngsters and some quality and experienced players have arrived or moved within the league but I simply have to go for the big names on big fees here.
Manchester City’s Fernandinho arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million and the 28-year-old Brazilian will line up alongside his esteemed compatriot new Tottenham signing Paulinho who arrives for £17 million from Corinthians.
Unlucky to miss out but definitely on the bench is Chelsea’s gifted youngster Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse for £8 million.
On the flanks I’m again going to go for the big names with the biggest fees – on the right side it simply has to be speedy Gonzales himself Spain’s Jesus Navas who signed for Manchester City for £15 million from Sevilla.
On the left side I’m going for another Spaniard in Liverpool’s Iago Aspas costing £7 million from Celta Vigo, who can play up front and out wide and interchange with...
Up front (in case you haven’t guess I’m going for a 4-4-2) I’m going put in Chelsea signing 22-year-old German hitman Andre Schurrle who comes in from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for £17 million and up there with him is Norwich City’s sneaky little buy Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The 24-year-old arrives from Portuguese side Sporting for a fee of around €10 million and an extra €2 million in add-ons for the Netherlands striker.
Andy Carroll’s move to West Ham permanently for £15 million was in with a shout but he makes the bench instead along with Everton signing Arouna Kone who follows his boss Roberto Martinez from Wigan for £6 million.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
Razvan Rat (West Ham)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool)
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea)
Luis Alberto (Liverpool)
Andy Carroll (West Ham)
Arouna Kone (Everton)
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