Starting XI of this season's best Premier League signings

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With seven games left to play of this exciting and unpredictable Premier League season, it's as good a time as any to evaluate the success of signings made.

Value, performances and overall impact will all be taken into account when evaluating what of the £1 billion spent can be classed as money well spent.

Here's a starting XI of the very best to sign for new clubs this campaign.


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Petr Cech - Arsenal, £10 million

One of the more obvious choices on this list. For years Arsenal have suffered from not having a world-class goalkeeper - not since Jens Lehmann anwyay.

However, that all changed last summer with the arrival of former Chelsea shot-stopper Cech, who up until Christmas was being hailed as the secret to Arsenal potentially winning the Premier League. How times change.


Matteo Darmian - Manchester United, £12.7 million

Very little of the £100 million spent by the Red Devils this season has gone to plan, yet one player who bucks that trend is Darmian.

Assured in defence and dangerous pushing forward, the Italian has been one of few to perform consistently at Old Trafford this season. Fitness has proved a concern, but a decent first term in the Premier League should give fans reason to be positive about the 26-year-old's future.


Toby Alderweireld - Tottenham Hotspur, £11.5 million

The Belgian has been heralded as one of the signings of the season and it's easy to see why.

A master in cutting out opposition attacks and playing the ball out calmly from the back, Alderweireld has arguably been the strongest component of a Tottenham defence to have conceded the least goals in the Premier League.


Kevin Wimmer – Tottenham Hotspur, £4.3 million

Wimmer's inclusion may raise a few eyebrows given he's only played a handful of games, especially so given how well Virgil van Dijk has played for Southampton, but consider this: when Jan Vertonghen went down injured, many feared the worst for Tottenham's title bid.

And yet, the young Austrian has dispelled any doubt in just a few short weeks, forming a strong partnership with the aforementioned Alderweireld.

In the ten league games he has featured in this season, Wimmer has shipped just seven goals. It's also worth noting he and Alderweireld cost Tottenham a fifth of what Eliaqium Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi cost Manchester City. Ouch.


Christian Fuchs - Leicester City, Free

Nathan Ake was also a consideration for this spot, but it's difficult to ignore a player who has performed so admirably for a side seemingly on the verge of winning the Premier League.

Fuchs' composure and consistency have been instrumental at the King Power Stadium this campaign, particularly coming to light against Tottenham and Manchester City.


N’Golo Kante - Leicester City, £5.6 million

Another absolute steal for the Foxes. Kante has been at the heart of everything good about his side and performed superbly alongside Danny Drinkwater.

The Frenchman personifies tirelessness and was fully deserving of his recent call-up to the France national side.


Dele Alli - Tottenham Hotspur, £5 million

Okay, so this is technically cheating given the Englishman was signed in January 2015, but he was loaned straight back to MK Dons and didn't play for Spurs until this season.

And he's frankly too good to leave out. Alli has taken the Premier League by storm this season and seen his reputation in European football skyrocket.

Adored by Tottenham fans, his recent performance against Germany for England only served to further accentuate his vast talent. He's still only 19.


Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City, £54.5 million

Hardly a bargain given his hefty transfer fee, but prior to an untimely injury De Bruyne looked every bit a world-class player for the Citizens.

It will be interesting to see how incoming manager Pep Guardiola utilises him.


Michail Antonio - West Ham, £7 million

The Englishman's rise is another fairytale story, but his selection isn't purely sentimental.

Antonio has been great for the Hammers this season, with his direct approach and pace particularly coming to the fore under manager Slaven Bilic, whose side currently sit fifth.


Dimitri Payet - West Ham, £10.7 million

How Payet flew under the radar of the Premier League's elite is quite a mystery, but West Ham have certainly reaped the benefits with the Frenchman a shoo-in for Player of the Season.

His trickery and free-kicks have particularly impressed fans - Manchester United must rue the £25 million they spent on Memphis Depay.


Benik Afobe – Bournemouth, £10 million

Picking a striker proved a difficult task, but Afobe has arguably held the biggest impact as a new forward at a new club.

The Englishman's goals have helped keep Bournemouth afloat in the Premier League and could prove the difference in seasons to come.

Anthony Martial was also a contender, but the fact his form has dipped for United since an emphatic start to life at Old Trafford means he can't be voted the best striker signed this campaign.

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