Premier League Transfer XI featuring Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton stars
Now that the transfer window in England is closed, we can take a look back at some of the deals from the last couple of months. Some clubs have been relatively quiet during the summer, while others made outstanding deals. Here’s a perfect transfer XI, with a 4-2-3-1 formation, based on the transfers in the English top-flight.
Premier League transfer XI
GK: Alisson (Liverpool)
It was always going to be one of Kepa or Alisson, but in the end it is the Brazilian.
Liverpool needed stability between the sticks after last year’s disastrous mistakes by Loris Karius. Alisson kept 22 clean sheets in 37 games for Roma last season and went on to play every match for Brazil at the World Cup. Still only 25, he’s at the peak of his career and seems like an excellent buy.
RB: Stephan Lichsteiner (Arsenal)
Even though he’s already 34, Lichsteiner is an extremely classy player. His experience in the Serie A speaks for itself. The Swiss national team captain is known for speed, agility and hard work. Hector Bellerin needed competition, and he’s got one of the best to compete with now.
CB: Yerry Mina (Everton)
The signing of Mina has to be considered as a coup for Everton. In January, the Colombian international was signed by Barcelona from Palmeiras, but went on to make just 6 appearances. After Everton lost Ramiro Funes Mori, they needed a new centre-back. Mina impressed during the World Cup and scored 3 goals. He seems ready to become a first-team regular for the Toffees, who were in need of defensive reinforcements.
CB: Sokratis (Arsenal)
Sokratis made a name for himself at Dortmund, where he was a true leader. And after years of disappointment and lack of success in the Premier League, Arsenal were in need of leaders. It remains to be seen what kind of impact the Greek international can have on Unai Emery’s side, but one thing we know for sure is that he’s a real danger in the air and is very physical. Sokratis rarely allows defenders to get past him. With him and Lichsteiner in the squad, Arsenal look like a defensive force.
LB: Lucas Digne (Everton)
Completing our joint Everton-Arsenal defence is Lucas Digne. The past couple of seasons have been frustrating for the Frenchman. Digne will be hoping for playing time under Marco Silva, although Leighton Baines will surely provide solid competition.
CM: Fabinho (Liverpool)
Fabinho made 233 appearances, scoring 31 goals in 5 seasons for Monaco. He’s an extremely solid midfielder, who can both defend and attack equally well. The Brazilian won the French title with Monaco in 2017 and was key for the successful campaign the team had. It’s a bit surprising that he has won just 4 caps for Brazil, but at 24, there’s still enough time to add to that tally.
CM: Fred (Manchester United)
Fred is the only major signing Manchester United made during this transfer window. The 25-year-old was a valuable member of the Shakhtar Donetsk team that won 3 league titles and 4 Super Cups in Ukraine. He impressed in his debut against Leicester and seems like an excellent addition to the United squad.
AMR: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Mahrez was exceptional for Leicester in recent years. With his pace, power, dribbling ability and goals, he helped the Foxes lift the title in 2016. Since the start of 2015/16 season, the player has scored 35 goals in the Premier League. In this period, he has also made 24 assists. He can play on both wings, and also behind the striker.
AMC: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
Kovacic signed for Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid. He ranked fourth in La Liga for completed dribbles per 90 minutes last season. He also ranked ninth for total passes per 90 minutes and 14th for tackles. Many would suggest that the playmaker position in this article should be for Jorginho, but Kovacic has that something special we’re all expecting to see.
AML: Richarlison (Everton)
Richarlison became Everton’s first signing of the summer. The Brazilian forward worked with Marco Silva at Watford. He scored 5 times in his opening 12 Premier League matches for the Hornets, but did not find the net again for the rest of the campaign. He was exceptional on his debut for the Toffees, getting both goals in the 2-2 draw against Wolves.
CF: Luciano Vietto (Fulham)
Vietto signed for Atletico Madrid in June 2015 from La Liga rivals Valencia – where he scored 12 goals in 32 games – but he has faced limited opportunities since moving to Madrid. This is why he was loaned out to Fulham for the 2018/19 campaign. With no large transfer fee involved, Fulham fans have every right to be excited about getting one of the promising South American prospects.