The New Boys Are Here: "Premier League 2019/20 Signings Best XI"
OK... We all know that the Premier League season is underway, with the first 11 rounds of games already played, however, we wanted to go back and have a look into the "new boys" in the Prem, and how they're doing so far for their new teams.
Not all new signings are doing well (Not gonna lie), but, on the other side, we wanted to create an XI, 4-3-1-2 formation, with the best of the best. So, who got value for money with their purchases during the summer transfer window? Let's find out...
GK: Adrian (Liverpool)
Signed as a back-up option following Simon Mignolet’s determination to leave Liverpool, few would have expected the former West Ham goalkeeper to thrive having been thrown into the action from the opening weekend of the new season.
Alisson’s injury in the Premier League opener against Norwich saw Adrian instantly installed as first-choice (Coincidence?), where he helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to UEFA Super Cup success, becoming the hero in the penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea, in his first start.
Anyway... From that point, he grew in confidence over the next few months (apart from that one time he committed a stupid mistake against Southampton), he played a key role in the club’s impressive start to the new season. The Spaniard has now lost his place following Alisson’s return, but it’s safe to say Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with his level of performance since moving to Merseyside, as well as us (Who's Karius?).
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
Manchester United spent a huge £50M to land the young 21-year-old full-back to Old Trafford this summer, and, let's be honest: IT WAS F****** WORTH IT!!!
Nicknamed the ‘Spider’ by teammates due to his long legs and ability to hook the ball away from opponents, Wan-Bissaka has already become a favorite at the club having endeared himself to supporters with his industry and one-on-one defending. Ranked amongst the highest tacklers in the division (47 tackles, with a success rate of 66%), he looks set to be a key figure at United, and for our team, of course.
CB: Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
The England international became the world’s most expensive defender when moving to Old Trafford, and so far this season has formed part of a defense which has proven fairly solid, despite the club’s disappointing start to the new campaign (11 games. 3 wins, 4 draws, and 4 losses) and Solskjaer on the verge of leaving the club. Oh, well...
Yet, being handed the captaincy (on occasion) by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the hope is that the 26-year-old will bring a commanding presence to the backline despite not yet having quite hit his best form. "Slab Head" Maguire still has some way to go to justify his record-breaking fee, though his quality is enough to earn him a position in our team.
CB: Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)
Having played a key part in the club’s promotion from the Championship whilst on loan last season, Aston Villa opted to sign defender Mings on a permanent deal though many questioned the £25M fee for a player who failed to make a breakthrough at Bournemouth.
However, few are questioning the fee now, as Mings has played an important role in Villa’s solid start, earning him international recognition. The powerful defender has risen from non-league to become a feature in the top flight with Villa, his form rewarded with a call up to the senior England squad, where he made his debut in difficult circumstances during last month’s Euro 2020 qualifying win in Bulgaria.
Alongside Maguire, our defense is "close enough" to stop any rival attack.
LB: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Arsenal fans have had to be "very, very, very, very..." patient to get their first glimpses of the Scottish left-back, as he recovered from a double hernia operation, though his opening appearances for the North London side have offered encouragement that their £25M has been money well spent (It seems they actually know where to spend their money on... David Luiz?).
The Scotland international is solid defensively and a threat going forwards, whilst he looks to possess the leadership and character that has been lacking in the Gunners squad in recent years. At just 22-year-old, he’s also likely to improve, whilst his instruction to his teammates to thank the away supporters during the club’s Carabao Cup defeat at Liverpool have already made him a fan’s favorite (and our favorite as well).
(Will he do well under Mourinho, do?)
CDM: Rodri (Manchester City)
Into the midfield, our first pick is non-other than Rodri.
Signed as the long-term heir to the evergreen Fernandinho, Rodri has fitted seamlessly into Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City side and has performed well as he adjusts to the demands of English football.
Possessing the physical stature and technical ability to thrive as a holding midfielder in the Premier League, he has also shown his versatility in filling in in central defense due to several injuries to the champion’s first-choice stars. A hamstring injury has halted the club-record signing’s progress, though he has looked perfectly suited to City’s winning machine so far.
CM: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
The second of four loan signings made permanent this summer to feature in our XI, the Croatia international endured a mixed time under Maurizio Sarri last season, but he has clearly flourished under new boss Frank Lampard in the opening weeks of the new season.
Given a license to dictate from deep, he has struck up a fine partnership alongside Jorginho, his ability in tight spaces and superb dribbling skills impressing in Chelsea’s exciting young side. If the 25-year-old could add goals to his game (He has failed to score in 42 league appearances? HOLY S***!!!), he could become the complete midfielder.
CM: Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)
Tielemans’ impressive loan spell at the King Power Stadium last term persuaded Leicester to spend a club-record £40M to sign the talented midfielder on a permanent basis, a fee which is beginning to look increasingly more like a smart investment with each growing week.
The 22-year-old has been deployed in a box-to-box role by Brendan Rodgers and has contributed at both ends of the pitch, mixing defensive industry with an ability to get forward and score goals.
Tielemans has scored five goals and provided four assists in 13 appearances in all competitions so far this season, as Leicester’s emerging side has raced into the Premier League’s top four. His availability from Monaco was no secret this summer, so... Why the hell all of the division’s bigger sides passed up on the opportunity to sign him!?
CAM: Daniel James (Manchester United)
One of the most unheralded signings of the window, certainly amongst the Premier League’s top six anyway, but Daniel James has quickly shown he has the ability to step up after arriving at Manchester United from Championship side Swansea City during the summer.
He's usually in the left-wing position, but it doesn't really matter. The Welsh international is blessed with lightning pace, whilst his relentless work-rate has endeared him instantly to the club’s supporters.
The 21-year-old has scored 3 goals and registered 2 assists in his first 10 top-flight appearances, providing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side (and we hope for us as well) with an outlet and threat on the break.
ST: Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
Few players played a more important role in Wolves qualifying for Europe last season than the Mexican forward, who moved to Molineux on a permanent basis for a club-record fee from Benfica during the summer.
Last season’s Wolves’ Player of the Year has continued where he left off last season, scoring ten goals in all competitions already this season as the club embark on a first European campaign since 1980/81. He was electric in their recent shock victory at Manchester City and remains arguably the key man for the Midlands side.
ST: Sebastien Haller (West Ham Utd)
Finally, West Ham has hit a difficult run of form of late, though that should not detract from what has been a solid start to life in the Premier League for the club’s record-signing. Signed from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45M during the summer, the French forward has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist so far, despite being isolated in recent weeks as Manuel Pellegrini’s side have struggled.
An imposing physical presence, Haller has shown he can be the attacking focal point to build the side around and should he receive better supply from the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini over the coming months, is likely to finish his debut campaign with a healthy goal total.
With the French man and Jimenez in our side, a lot of goals will be assured.