Best summer transfer XI so far in Premier League
The summer transfer window has been flung wide open and Premier League clubs have not been shy flexing their muscles. Every team wants to compete and improve in the Premier League next season with clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and newcomers Fulham expected to break their bank.
With that in mind, let us have a look at the Premier League’s best transfer XI of summer so far.
Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
Bernd Leno completed a move to Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
Arsenal No.1 goalkeeper Petr Cech made a series of high-profile errors last season in what was a dismal campaign for the Gunners as they finished 6th in the Premier League. The 36-year-old’s massive dip in form has seen new manager Unai Emery splash the money on Leno, who had established himself as one of Bundesliga’s reliable shot-stoppers over the last few years.
With cat-like reflexes and shot-stopping abilities, Leno is definitely an upgrade on Cech.
Ryan Fredericks (West Ham)
Ryan Fredericks joined West Ham on a free transfer earlier this month after guiding Fulham to Premier League promotion.
The 25-year-old was one of Championship’s best full-backs last season. His final Fulham match came at Wembley in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the play-off final.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s defensive frailties were very much visible last term when they leaked in an eye-watering 51 league goals. So fixing the defence was a priority for Emery and he has done exactly what was needed, by signing Greek central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
Sokratis, 30, joins Arsenal with a reputation of being one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga over the years. The Greece international also fills the void left by Per Mertesacker, who retired from the game last season to join Arsenal’s academy as a manager.
Jonny Evans (Leicester City)
Leicester City bagged a coup when they signed defender Jonny Evans from the relegated West Brom, earlier this summer.
The Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year deal with the Foxes and brings with him a wealth of Premier League experience, having made almost 250 appearances.
Adam Masina (Watford)
Adam Masina completed a permanent transfer from Bologna to Watford earlier this month, signing a five-year contract.
Over the past three seasons, the Morocco-born 24-year-old has established himself as one of the top performing left-backs in Serie A.
Fabinho became Liverpool’s first summer signing, having joined from AS Monaco this month.
The Brazilian midfielder goes about with his business smartly and effectively, staying back to screen his defence and allowing the creative midfielders to express themselves freely. He is an imposing figure and due to his versatility, he can also play in central defence and at right-back.
Naby Keita (Liverpool)
Liverpool had reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the signing of Naby Keita last summer. The Guinean, however, joined the Reds in July following the expiry of his Leipzig contract.
Keita, a Guinea international, joined Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg in 2016 and played a pivotal role in the club’s astonishing second-place finish in the 2016-17 Bundesliga campaign.
Keita is a box-to-box midfielder also capable of playing a deep-lying playmaker’s role. It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp uses the diminutive Guinean.
Fred (Manchester United)
Manchester United signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year contract with the option to extend it by a year.
The Brazilian arrives at Old Trafford with a solid reputation, having won a number of club honours, including three league titles in Ukraine.
As a midfielder, Fred loves to see more of the ball during a game and uses his pace and agility to dodge past defenders and create an opening for his teammates. He could finally turn out to be the player to help Mourinho get the best out of Pogba.
Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)
Deulofeu agreed on a five-year contract and returned to Watford, having spent the second half of 2017/18 on loan at Vicarage Road.
Last season, the Spaniard’s pace, directness and much-improved decision making caused problems for defences in the Premier League. A product of the La Masia academy, Deulofeu is an exciting addition to the Watford ranks.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton)
Mohamed Elyounoussi joined Southampton from FC Basel, agreeing on a five-year deal at St. Mary’s. The versatile attacker brings with him a lot of experience.
The 23-year-old is a dynamic forward who would add a lot of pace and creativity to the Southampton side that struggled for goals last season. Elyounoussi is known for his brilliance on the ball. His ability to pick the ball up deep and push the opponent with his sprints is noteworthy.
Bobby Reid (Cardiff City)
With his pace, dynamism and directness, Reid would be a player to watch out for in the Premier League next term.