Transfer window: Premier League XI


Now the transfer window has slammed shut it is time to assess the best moves clubs have made this season. Due to the new TV rights deal the clubs all got a massive boost in funds this summer which is why a record £600 million has been spent.

In the process the Premier League has added some of Europe's best players to its ranks and to teams from all ends of the table. With teams like Southampton making a statement of intent and signing Champions League quality players this season could well be the most competitive in Premier League history.

But who makes it into GMS Academy member Jake Grice's transfer window team? Find out here...

Manager: The crowd at Stamford Bridge haven’t stopped singing his name and aren’t likely to stop any time soon. The only choice in this role, its the return of the Special One, Jose Mourinho.

Formation: 3-5-2. I went for three at the back as there hasn’t been any real quality fullbacks moving about. Baines and Coentrao were rumoured all summer but as neither happened and we got so many amazing midfielders 3-5-2 seemed like the best option.

GK: Simon Mignolet was brilliant for Sunderland last season and without him the club would likely be in the Championship. He played behind one of the worst defences in the league and still managed to finish joint fourth in the clean sheets chart.

Defence: Dejan Lovren has already showed us why Southampton splashed the cash on him in the early games of the season and whilst Martin Demichelis and Mamadou Sakho will still have to prove themselves both are top quality players.

Demichelis comes from an Atletico Madrid defence that has been one of the most water tight in Europe over the past couple of seasons. Sakho is still young and relatively raw but with the experienced heads of Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure four guidance he should be impressing pretty quickly, Sakho and Agger look set to become Liverpool’s main partnership for a long time.

DM: Whilst Marouane Fellaini isn’t exactly new, we may be about to see a new Fellaini. The big Belgian was in imperious form for Everton last season. He doesn’t appear to of slowed down this season and so the United faithful will be hoping to see that sort of form that inspired Everton’s victory over United last term.

It remains to be seen whether or not his style will fit United’s or if the club will adapt to more of a long ball strategy to play to his strengths but either way, he will add some much needed grit to an, at times, pretty weak midfield.

Paulinho has already impressed everybody I know who has watched him, with his Lampard-esque bursts from the midfield into the box and strong defensive play. He was a stalwart for Corinthians and with Scott Parker's departure and Etienne Capoue’s injury he will definitely lock up one of the midfield spots for himself if he hasn’t already.

AM: One of the first signings of the summer, Jesue Navas joined City after impressing with Spain in the Confederations Cup. The lightning quick winger may take a bit of time adapting to the Premier League as he has notorious homesickness issues and will not be used to the physicality but once he has got settled, he will provide the much needed width to Cities strong midfield.

Now to the deal everybody is talking about: Mesut Ozil. This kid really needs no introduction. His silky movement and sublime passing is a thing of beauty and will fit perfectly into Arsenal’s playing style.

Last season he was the most productive number 10 in any of the top leagues and despite obviously not playing with as much quality as he was at Real Madrid, an attack made up of him Santi Carzola, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will be very deadly.

47 caps for Germany at 24 years old pretty much says it all. Germany is certainly matching, if not beating, Spain for churning out top quality footballers and Chelsea’s new winger Andre Schurrle is another off the procession line.

Marco Reus has taken a lot of the limelight after his Dortmund heroics but Schurrle will be pretty confident in playing a big part for Germany next summer. 25 caps at 22 years old is very impressive and his goals and assists helped Leverkusen into the Champions League this season. Schurrle has all the skills to make it in the Premier League however competing with Hazard for his favoured LW spot will be a tough challenge.

ST: The league has been fortunate enough to acquire plenty of top strikers this summer with Roberto Soldado and Alvaro Negredo being the two biggest names. Negredo is definitely a Premier League striker, he is very powerful and arguably the best header of the ball in the game at the moment.

He scored more headers than any other player in Europe last season largely down to Navas' brilliant wing play, he has already started scoring for City with two goals in his first three games.

Soldado is a similar player but with a bit more technical skill, he is tall and athletic but also lethal finisher. His beginning to the season has been a bit hit and miss but he has scored two penalties helping Spurs to their first few points of the season.

With so many new players at Tottenham it may take a little while for them all to gel together but once Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Aaron Lennon and co. all click Soldado will pretty much be offered chances on a plate.

Subs: Schwarzer, Caulker, Okore, Wanyama, Jovetic, Lamela, Osvaldo.

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