The Premier League returned with a bang on Friday night, as Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in an absolute thriller at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s fair to say that, with the exception of Tottenham Hotspur, who are yet to make a signing this summer, it’s been a busy window for England’s top clubs.
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All the top six sides hope to challenge for the title in 2017-18, but how good would a combined XI made up of their best summer signings be? Let’s take a look.
GK – Ederson (Man City)
Following Claudio Bravo’s struggles, Manchester City acquired rising goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica for £35 million, and he makes this XI ahead of Chelsea’s Willy Caballero.
The Brazilian shot-stopper, who turns 24 next week, will be able to meet Pep Guardiola’s ball-playing needs, he’s athletic and his overall distribution is outstanding.
RB – Kyle Walker (Man City)
Pep Guardiola was clearly desperate for new full-backs this summer and splashed around £50 million to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham, as well as Danilo from Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old Englishman can improve defensively, but he’s quite brilliant going forward and his electric pace will give City a new dimension on the right flank.
CB – Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s title triumph was built on their solid back three, but that didn’t stop them from bringing in Antonio Rudiger from Roma for an initial £29 million.
The German, who enjoyed two fine years in Rome, is developing into a dominant central defender and he may allow Cesar Azpilicueta to revert to his more favoured wing-back role.
CB – Victor Lindelof (Man Utd)
Manchester United’s first signing this summer was Swedish international Victor Lindelof, who moved from Portuguese champions Benfica for £30.7 million.
Lots of people are yet to be convinced by the 23-year-old after some rash moments in pre-season, but he reads the game well, and with his calmness on the ball, he’ll start a lot of United’s attacks.
LB – Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)
This was the toughest selection in the entire XI, but we’ve gone with Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal’s free transfer from Schalke, ahead of Benjamin Mendy and Andrew Robertson.
Mendy was awesome for Monaco as they pipped Paris Saint-Germain to Ligue 1, but he set City back £52 million (a world-record fee for a defender), whereas Kolasinac cost nothing.
Gunners fans have been loving his early-season displays, and let’s not forget that the value-for-money 24-year-old was named in the 2016-17 Bundesliga Team of the Season.
RM – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah scored more goals last season (19) than any Liverpool player, so it wasn’t surprising when they shelled out £36.9 million to prize him away from Roma.
He disappointed during his time at Chelsea, but was superb throughout his two-and-a-half years in Italy, providing goals, assists, work-rate, trickery and unbelievable speed.
With the 25-year-old Egyptian on one wing and Sadio Mane on the other, one thing that is for sure is that Liverpool will be near unstoppable on the counter-attack.
CM – Tiemoue Bakayoko (Chelsea)
Antonio Conte demanded more signings at Stamford Bridge, and the £40 million capture of Tiemoue Bakayoko may well prove to be a great one.
The defensive midfielder was instrumental in Monaco’s success last season with his power, athleticism, passing ability, driving forward runs and ability to break up play.
Bakayoko, 22, is yet to play for the Blues due to injury, but when he gets going, he’ll form a formidable partnership with reigning PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante.
CM – Nemanja Matic (Man Utd)
Despite training alone for much of the summer, Nemanja Matic, the man who Bakayoko replaced at Chelsea, was probably Man Utd’s best player in the Super Cup loss to Madrid.
The £40 million man’s presence in the middle of the park should give Paul Pogba more freedom to express himself, and history proves that Mourinho gets the best out of the Serbian.
LM – Bernardo Silva (Man City)
Bernardo Silva agreed to join Man City from Monaco back in May for around £43 million, with the natural-born playmaker able to operate on the right, left, or as a number ten.
The 23-year-old possesses wonderful skill, a quick change of pace and will bring even more class to a midfield which already has maestros like David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne.
ST – Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)
Arsenal spent a club-record £46.5 million on Alexandre Lacazette, but the prolific centre-forward should turn out to be a fantastic signing by Arsene Wenger.
He was exceptional for Lyon, registering 129 goals in 275 games (including 37 last season), he scored on his Premier League debut and has the quality to be a genuine superstar.
The 26-year-old is much quicker that Olivier Giroud, more clinical than Danny Welbeck, and could form a ridiculously talented front three with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
ST – Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd)
Man United’s Romelu Lukaku completes this top six summer signings XI, although it could just as easily have been Alvaro Morata, who is also 24.
The Spaniard’s technical ability and all-round game is ahead of Lukaku’s, but United’s new number nine is more productive in the stat that really matters – goals.
Over the past three campaigns, Chelsea’s £58 million striker has scored 47 times in 136 games, while Lukaku has recorded 71 goals in 133 matches.
£75 million was a massive amount to pay for the Belgian, but he proved at Everton that he can be a team’s main man and score consistently in this league – time will tell if Morata can do the same.
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