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Premier League XI: Best new players

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Monreal & Cazorla both make the team of best new players. (©GettyImages)
Monreal & Cazorla both make the team of best new players. (©GettyImages).

After a big summer of spending and then further reinforcements in January, we look at which players have proved good value for their respective clubs. 

Also these players have to be playing their first season in the Premier League so for instance Robin van Persie doesn't count.

Goalkeeper | Julio Cesar | QPR  

The Brazilian moved from Inter Milan in the summer and, despite rotation, which has allowed Rob Green to make a few appearances, has performed outstandingly. His form has earned him a recall to the national team and interest from many other clubs who are looking to take advantage of QPR's recent relegation.

Right back | Nathaniel Clyne | Southampton  

A very impressive first season in the top flight for the young wing back. His quality displays were enough to warrant a call up to the England U21 side and he has since become a mainstay in that team. He always poses a threat on the attack and has aquitted himself well defensively.

Centre back | Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham 

Aside from Gareth Bale, Tottenham have lacked quality in their team but the big Belgian has been an exception. Superb tacking coupled with a surprising knack of being able to nick the odd goal has got many pundits praising him. As well as that he has performed very well when deployed at left back too.

Centre back | Matija Nastasic | Manchester City  

When he moved to the Etihad in the summer, many were left wondering why over £10million was splashed out on an 18-year-old but he has answered everyone emphatically. In the Champions League especially he has done very well and was perhaps unlucky to not warrant a Young Player o the Year nomination.

Left back | Nacho Monreal | Arsenal 

After the shambles of Andre Santos, all the Gunners wanted was stability and in the Spain International from Malaga, that is exactly what they got. He's an incredibly solid defender and attacks with the same quality of ball control you would expect from a Spaniard, he has bagged himself a goal in his first half season.

Defensive midfield | Javi Garcia | Manchester City 

Admittedly he has disappointed greatly since his £16million move in August but he remains a good player. He has filled in at centre back when needed which has been valuable for the Citizens.

Left midfield | Eden Hazard | Chelsea 

One of the most drawn out transfer sagas for a long time with almost every big club interested resulted in a move to Chelsea for the young Belgian. He has since flourished scoring nine goals and bagging nine assists and this was enough to earn him a nomination for both PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

CAM | Coutinho | Liverpool  

It's almost impossible to understand how Inter Milan managed to let this starlet escape for £8.5million. The 20-year-old Brazilian has been sensational for the Reds since a January move being the key to opening up opposition defences behind Luis Suarez. Looks a great prospect for Liverpool.

Right midfield | Santi Cazorla | Arsenal  

Another great bit of business from Arsene Wenger taking advantage of cash-strapped Malaga. After an entire season, still no one knows which of his feet is the stronger and he has scored fine goals with both feet. A great passer with superb vision and quality dribbling, Arsenal fans can be very please with their diminutive midfielder.

Striker | Miguel Michu | Swansea 

The undoubted signing of the season has left fans, pundits, players and managers alike scratching their heads as to how he cost £2 million. 17 goals in his debut season is very impressive and after showing off his fantastic finishing all year, he can count himself unlucky not to make the PFA POTY shortlist.

Striker | Christian Benteke | Aston Villa  

Yet another Belgian who's made a name for themselves this season in England, Benteke has stunned everyone scoring 18 goals for a struggling Villa side. Power, pace and finishing combine to terrorise defences and gave many reason to suggest he perhaps should have won Young Player of the Year. 


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