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Premier League transfers: a combined XI

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Quite frankly, the amount of money that has already been spent this window by Premier League clubs is absurd. It is the modern game though so there is little point in bemoaning it - rather, let's indulge ourselves in the excitement and despair of the transfer window. What's one way to do that, you ask? A combined XI of the best deals sounds like a good place to start.

Formation - 3-4-3

This formation became vogue last season when Antonio Conte introduced it to his stuttering Chelsea side - the rest, they say, is history with his team storming the league, encouraging many other managers to adopt this style.

GK - Jordan Pickford

Look past the £30 million price tag and you'll see a goalkeeper who has limitless potential. Reliable and consistent for Sunderland last season, the youngster impressed in a team that was utterly woeful for the majority of the season. Pickford faces a different challenge at Everton and that is to stay concentrated for ninety minutes and be able to make saves when you've face relatively little - to be able to do so is the hallmark of a great goalkeeper and something that Joel Robles has struggled to do.

LCB - Nathan Ake

Ake was surprisingly dominant at the back for Bournemouth whilst on loan last season. His return to Chelsea coincided with a dip in form for the Cherries and was the truest indicator of Ake's impact at Bournemouth. Eddie Howe will nurture Ake into an even better player and this is a move that suits both the club and player - it speaks to Chelsea's lamentable reticence to introduce academy graduates into the first team, though.

CB - Antonio Rudiger

Conte finally landed a player he asked for. Rudiger is an imposing defender capable of playing across the backline and it is this versatility that will have drawn the Italian. Rudiger's arrival means Chelsea's defence is even stronger than last year and will be a daunting proposition for any Premier League attack.

RCB - Victor Lindelof

Seemingly close to signing for Manchester United in January, Lindelof completed his move to Manchester early on. He is a ball-playing centre-back who will confidently run and attempt 'risky' passes; risky is enclosed due to the fact that rarely do Lindelof's passes go astray. United have uncovered a stern defender who can also initiate attacking play from deep.

LWB - Sead Kolasinac

Arsenal desperately needed a left sided defender - Nacho Monreal is simply not good enough to warrant inclusion in a side with title ambitions. Kolasinac was wanted by many of Europe's top clubs, avowing to his clear quality and is a shrewd addition.

RWB - Kyle Walker

Walker sealed a £50 million move to Manchester City in a deal that was all-but confirmed in May. That it has taken so long to complete remains a mystery, but what is clear is that Pep Guardiola has brought in one of the best right-backs in the league. Walker is a sheer athlete, his pace and exuberance going forward will be a welcomed outlet next season. What deficiencies he had at Spurs - defensive complacency - will have to coached out of him if he is to justify his hefty price-tag, however.

CM - Darren Fletcher

Not a glamorous name, but a player who will provide much stability to Stoke's midfield next season. The Scotsman's industry is enviable and Fletcher has a wealth of experience that will complement well with playmaker Joe Allen.

CM - Bernardo Silva

Not a traditional midfielder, but it would be folly to leave him out. Silva was part of the Monaco side that captured the public's imagination last season and will thrive under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola.

Left-Striker - Mohamed Salah

This was a very, very good signing from Jurgen Klopp. Salah's acceleration adds a deeper dimension to Liverpool's multi-faceted attack; he is not an outstanding dribbler, but he is incisive and cutting with his running and has developed much since his last stint in the Premier League with Chelsea.

ST - Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku will be monumental for Manchester United next season. The Belgian has been one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League over the last three seasons and deserves a chance at England's biggest club. Expect Lukaku to take the responsibility of leading the United attack in his stride and score 30+ goals.

Right-Striker - Alexandre Lacazette

Arsene Wenger finally got his man. After years of speculation linking the Frenchman to the Emirates, Lacazette has joined (if only because of Athletico Madrid's transfer ban). Lacazette should provide Arsenal will the firepower they so desperately crave and should be the man capable of utilising Mesut Ozil's creativity.

Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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