Premier League Summer 2022 Transfers – Best XI

As expected, it was another crazy transfer window in the Premier League. Transfer spending has reached £1.9billion and some of football’s biggest names have arrived on English shores.

How will all these newcomers fare in their new clubs? Only time will tell. But for now, here is our summer transfer window in the Premier League XI.

GK – Nick Pope (Burnley to Newcastle United, £10m) – After Burnley’s relegation, it was impossible for Nick Pope to stay at Turf Moor and play in the Championship. Newcastle United secured his signature, snapping it up for a relatively small fee of £10m.

So far he has been a hit with the Magpies. He has kept two clean sheets in five league appearances and put on an outstanding display in the home draw against Manchester City.

RB – Neco Williams (Liverpool to Nottingham Forest, £17m) – Having signed around half of the world’s population, it was inevitable that Nottingham Forest would have at least one name in this team.

There wasn’t a huge selection of right-backs to choose from but Neco Williams got off to a good start to life in the Midlands. He’s played every minute of the campaign so far, proving effective at both ends of the pitch.

CB – Wesley Fofana (From Leicester City to Chelsea, £70m) – In the history of English football, only two other centre-backs have crossed the £70m mark. One of them is Virgil van Dijk, and the other is Harry Maguire. Based on this, it’s impossible to say how Wesley Fofana will fare at Chelsea.

But for now, it’s an exciting signing. He’s young, proven in the Premier League and adds depth to a position the Blues needed to strengthen.

CB – Lisandro Martinez (Ajax to Manchester United, £46m) – Last season, Manchester United racked up their highest number of goals conceded in the Premier League era. A new centre-back was clearly needed, and one has arrived in the form of Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.

The Argentine has come under scrutiny in his opening two matches, being singled out for his lack of height. But he quickly silenced the critics with top-notch performances against Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester City.

LB – Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan to Tottenham Hotspur, free) – When Ivan Perisic arrived at Tottenham Hotspur, few people knew what kind of role he was going to play. But everyone agreed that a player of his quality was an absolute bargain on a free transfer.

After sitting on the bench for the first two matches of the campaign, the 33-year-old entered Antonio Conte’s starting XI in the left-back position. He registered two assists, won a penalty and helped his team to two clean sheets.

RM – Antony (Ajax to Manchester United, £80.75m) – Antony was near the top of Erik ten Hag’s wish list for most of the summer, and he finally got his man in the final days of the window.

Costing just over £80m, the Brazilian was the world’s most expensive signing in 2022. With that fee there’s a lot of expectation, and it should be interesting to see how he fits in with his new team.

CM – Casemiro (Real Madrid to Manchester United, £60m) – Casemiro’s purchase has garnered a lot of attention. He’s obviously a very good player, but his age and cost have been questioned by many.

But his talent is undeniable. He is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world. This is an area that Man Utd have desperately needed to improve in recent years. He should be a huge boost for them this season.

CM – Lucas Paqueta (Lyon to West Ham United, £36.5m) – It says a lot of money in the Premier League that a Brazil national team starter joined the team that finished seventh the year before.

West Ham United haven’t had a comfortable first game but Lucas Paqueta’s arrival should breathe life into them. In two seasons at Lyon, he scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists.

MG – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City to Chelsea, £47.5m) – Despite staggering numbers at the Etihad Stadium, some were unconvinced by Raheem Sterling, believing he would struggle to be dropped from Manchester City’s system. This season, that assumption will be put to the test.

So far, things are going pretty well for the England international. He was a bright spark in a frustrating start for Chelsea, scoring three goals and registering one assist in five games.

ST – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City to Arsenal, £45m) – Throughout his time at Man City, Gabriel Jesus has never been outstanding. Now he’s at Arsenal spending his time in the spotlight.

The striker had a very encouraging start in North London. His tally of three assists is the highest in the Premier League, while only five players have scored more goals.

ST – Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, £52m) – By far, the most publicized deal of the summer was that of Erling Haaland at Man City. The youngster has been chased by almost every top club in Europe, having enjoyed a sensational spell at Borussia Dortmund.

And he wasted no time in making an impact in England. He has already found the net NINE times, making him by far the league’s top scorer. That tally includes back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, becoming the sixth player in Premier League history to achieve the feat.

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