GMS Academy member Marcus Jones puts together his best XI made up entirely of players to have joined Premier League clubs this summer.
GK: Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham)
The 30-year-old has been brought in to replace Mark Schwarzer after the Australian’s move to Chelsea earlier this summer.
The Dutch International has 54 caps for his country and his experience should help him to fit right into English football with ease.
CB: Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
Amorebieta is one of the few defensive moves we have seen this summer.
Fulham brought in the Spaniard on a free transfer after his contract at former club Athletic Bilbao ran out.
The 28-year-old is a big centre back who has proved his worth in the past. An example of this that will be familiar to English fans will be his solid performances against Manchester United in the Europa League just over a year ago.
CB: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion)
The deal to bring Lugano to West Bromwich Albion was completed on Friday after the Uruguay was deemed surplus to requirements at former club Paris Saint-Germain
Now 32, Lugano has all the experience, as well as the talent, to be a top Premier League centre-back.
Baggies fans can be more than excited about seeing their new man commanding the back line this season.
CB: Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
Lovren’s move to Southampton was somewhat a surprise with the Croation International formerly being linked with the likes of AC Milan.
At the age of 24, Lovren still has a great deal to learn and he may even prove not to be quite ready yet for the Premier Leauge.
There is no doubting the Croatian’s ability though, and once he has settled he could quite easily be one of the best buys of the summer.
CDM: Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Fernandinho is the first of four City players in this team.
Many eyebrows were raised when Man City spent a massive £35m on a 28-year-old midfielder than was not necessarily well-known.
However the Brazilian has had a fantastic pre-season with his new side and has shown that he is more than capable of playing for such a prestigious club, and City fans can be excited about their new prospect.
CDM: Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Wanyama’s move to Southampton broke the club transfer record fee at £12.75m.
The Kenyan had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but it was the Saints that made the first real move to add him to their squad.
Wanyama is a big rugged defensive midfielder who will let the attacking players express their selves.
The 22-year-old could prove to be the perfect player to send Southampton to the next level in the upcoming season.
RM: Jesus Navas (Manchester City)
Navas’s £17.5m move to Man City is probably the most risky of them all.
The Spaniard has phenomenal talent and on his day there is possibly no better winger in the Premier League.
However, there is a great deal of speculation regarding how Navas could easily become homesick and never really make an impact at City.
If Navas is to find his form then he will be a delight to watch next term.
LM: Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
£20m was spent by Chelsea to bring in German International winger Andre Schurrle.
The 22-year-old possesses bags of pace and we will no doubt see him flying past full-backs week in week out.
Schurrle could prove to be the signing of the summer.
CF: Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City)
Stevan Jovetic is a name that many Premier League fans will be familiar with after previously being linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in the past.
However it is the Citizens that have been able to capture him this summer.
Though the 22-year-old doesn’t necessarily have a great goal-scoring record, there is a lot more to him than that which we are bound to see in the upcoming season.
ST: Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City)
Negredo made the move to the Etihad Stadium at the same time as previously mentioned Stevan Jovetic.
The 27-year-old is best when he is spear-heading the attack, and in front of goal he is simply lethal.
How much of him we see will be down to how he performs for his new side.
With Edin Dzeko being tipped as City’s top striker, Negredo will have to make the most of his opportunities in order to cement a place in the starting line-up.
ST: Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
Swansea’s new man Bony looks set to be a star in the upcoming campaign.
The 24-year-old gave us a first glimpse of what he was capable of with his brace against Malmo in the Europa League just days ago.
A partnership between him and Michu will be deadly, and could have the Swans achieving new heights next year.
Other Notable Mentions
Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)
Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur)
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City)
Iago Aspas (Liverpool)
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