Premier League XI of the season so far made up of the best summer signings

first_img 11 It was a brilliant summer of transfer activity in the Premier League.Some clubs from England’s top flight broke records to seal their priority target, while others sealed deals for classy talent from the bargain bin.And, seven games into the new season, we’ve been treated to an array of top performances from players taking to the stage at their new club.So we’ve decided to put together an XI made up of the best summer signings, in a 3-5-2 formation.Check out the line up by viewing the slideshow above. Agree or disagree with the players to have made the cut? Let us know by leaving a comment below!POWER RANKING THE 18 BEST SUMMER TRANSFER SIGNINGS SO FARPREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON BASED ON STATS 1. Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda (signed for Crystal Palace on 1 July 2016 for £1.5m from Marseille) – click the arrow above, right, to check out the full XI featuring the best summer signings in the Premier League – Palace are yet to suffer defeat with new goalkeeper Mandanda in between the posts, and this can be no coincidence. The Eagles look a much more confident side with the Frenchman taking the place of the often nervy Wayne Hennessey. He’s made a number of vital saves this season, and his confidence with his feet could encourage Alan Pardew to transfer his team’s style of play. 5. Right midfield: Sadio Mane (signed for Liverpool on 28 June 2016 from Southampton for £34m) – Despite his influence at St Mary’s prior to his arrival, some have been left a little surprised at just how good Mane really is. He’s transformed a Reds attack that already featured Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, establishing himself as one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team-sheet. So far, the 24-year-old looks a bargain at £34m. 11 11 3. Centre back: Ashley Williams (signed for Everton on 10 August 2016 from Swansea City for £15m) – Nervous in defence last season, Williams has instilled new confidence to the Toffees’ back-line. It’s not only his ability that has restored solidity to Everton defensively, but his authoritative voice bellowing instructions at his team-mates. The Welshman could be crucial at Goodison Park for the next few years. 11 7. Centre midfield: Victor Wanyama (signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 23 June 2016 from Southampton for £11m) – Wanyama has settled with ease at White Hart Lane. He was one of the best players on the pitch as Spurs inflicted a first defeat of the season to Manchester City last weekend. With Wanyama joining Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in midfield, a title charge cannot be ruled out for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. 11 11 11 11. Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (signed for Manchester United on 1 July 2016 from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer) – It had to be Jose Mourinho to seal the signature of this summer’s biggest free signing. Ibrahimovic scored four goals in his opening four games, and while the goals have dried up on the domestic stage of late, it surely won’t be long until the striker is regularly hitting the back of the net again. He’ll be targeting the Golden Boot. 11 11 10. Centre forward: Christian Benteke (signed for Crystal Palace on 20 August 2016 from Liverpool for £27m) – Benteke has shown no signs of carrying a hangover from his forgettable spell at Liverpool, quickly settling into life at Selhurst Park. The Belgian has three goals to his name, winning the Eagles four points already. The striker didn’t come cheap for Alan Pardew, but he looks to be worth every penny. 6. Centre midfield: Idrissa Gueye (signed for Everton on 2 August 2016 from Aston Villa for £7.1m) – Seven games into his debut campaign at Goodison Park and he’s already a favourite with the club’s fans. Similar in style to N’Golo Kante, with arguably a little more quality on the ball, plenty believe Gueye could go on to become one of the Premier League’s great midfielders. No player, in any position, has average more tackles per game (5.1) than the Senegal international this season. 2. Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi (signed for Arsenal on 30 August 2016 from Valencia, in a fee reported to be in excess of £35m) – Mustafi, having been signed at the end of August, missed the Gunners’ pre-season and the start of the Premier League campaign, but that doesn’t seem to have affected his ability to adapt at his new club. Arsenal – finally – seem to have an excellent centre back partnership at their disposal. Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker have quickly become forgotten figures in north London. 9. Left midfield: Nolito (signed for Manchester City on 1 July 2016 from Celta Vigo for £14m) – A summer signing that perhaps slipped under the radar before the start of the new season, Nolito has exceeded expectations at the Etihad. With the Spaniard on the left flank and Raheem Sterling on the right, City are strongly balanced in attack. The forward is expected to finish the campaign as one of Pep Guardiola’s top scorers. 4. Centre back: Eric Bailly (signed for Manchester United on 8 June 2016 from Villarreal for £30m) – At £30m, Jose Mourinho clearly thought highly of the centre back and he’s left his boss satisfied, having been one of the Red Devils’ most consistent performers. The Ivorian can be a little reckless in knowing when to challenge for the ball and when to stand his ground, but his determination to regain possession will sit well with the Old Trafford faithful. 11 11 8. Centre midfield: Leroy Fer (signed for Swansea City on 6 July 2016 from QPR for £4.75m) – Fer has been hitting the headlines for his goalscoring form at new club Swansea. The recently sacked Francesco Guidolin was let down by his forward options, but the club’s new midfield signing hasn’t hidden from the pressure. It looks as though the Dutchman will be key to the Swans’ Premier League survival. last_img