New Signings XI: Going nuts over Brazilians

Big-money midfield captures Fernandinho, Paulinho, Jesus Navas and Andre Schurrle take their place in TEAMtalk's Best New Signings XI.

Last Updated: 06/07/13 at 19:31 Post Comment

Fernandinho: Cost City an eyebrow-raising £30million

Fernandinho: Cost City an eyebrow-raising £30million

With the transfer window hotting up and clubs stepping up their efforts to improve their squads, TEAMtalk duo James Marshment and Tom McDermott ponder their best New Signings XI so far.

There's been a host of new arrivals to enhance the show of talent in the Premier League, and Marshment and McDermott have got their heads together to pick what they feel is the best new talent to arrive.

In the end, we've selected a matchday squad which we think could hold their own in the top flight, despite the fact that many of the 18 on duty are untested in England.

Have a look at our team, then use the story comment box to choose your Best XI.

The rules are simple. You can choose any formation and there's no limit on how many players you can pick from each team - just make sure they're a new, permanent signing to have arrived in the Premier League this pre-season. To make your task a little easier, you are allowed to pick players who have moved from one Premier League rival to another and you're also allowed former loanees who have turned their temporary moves into permanent ones. Have a think, then get involved.

TEAMtalk's New Signings XI (4-3-1-2): Stekelenburg; Riether, K Toure, Lovren, Pieters; Navas, Fernandinho, Paulinho; Schurrle; Van Wolfswinkel, Aspas.

Subs: Simon Mignolet, Marc Muniesa, Modibo Diakite, Marco van Ginkel, Luis Alberto, Andreas Cornelius, Nicolas Anelka.

Maarten Stekelenburg - Fulham

A product of the famous Ajax Academy, Stekelenburg joined the Cottagers from Roma for an undisclosed fee last month. Although he has big gloves to fill in the shape of the ousted Mark Schwarzer, the towering Dutchman is more than capable of being a smash hit both at Craven Cottage and in the Premier League.

At the age of 30, Stekelenburg should be approaching his prime and his arrival promises to be a real coup for Martin Jol. JM

Sascha Riether - Fulham

Riether joined Fulham from German side Cologne for £1.3million after impressing manager Martin Jol while on loan at the club.

The right-back, who has been capped twice by Germany, was voted Players' Player of the Year at Craven Cottage last season and will hope to build on a number of impressive performances this campaign. TMc

Kolo Toure - Liverpool

Toure penned a two-year deal at Liverpool after his contract at Manchester City ended. The Ivory Coast international made 102 appearances for City after joining them from Arsenal for £14million in 2009.

In seven seasons at Arsenal, Toure won the FA Cup twice and was part of the 'Invincibles' squad that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten to claim the Premier League crown.

As free transfers go, the Ivory Coast international is about as good as you can get and he will provide some much-needed experience to a Liverpool backline which has lost Jamie Carragher to retirement. TMc

Dejan Lovren - Southampton

An £8.5million capture from Lyon, centre-half Lovren may prove one of the most astute pieces of business of the entire summer window.

Commanding and pacy, the Croatian will be seen as a real steal if he replicates his performances in Ligue 1 last term.

Lovren was listed in the Don Balon list of the 100 best young players in the world in 2010. JM

Erik Pieters - Stoke

An attack-minded full-back, the £3million Mark Hughes paid PSV for Pieters could be another capture to be filed under bargain.

Athletic and pacy, Pieters has long been touted for a move to the Premier League and his arrival at Stoke is something of a coup for Hughes as he sets out his stall at the Britannia.

Along with fellow new arrival Marc Muniesa, the duo could be seen as the first steps in taking the Potters away from the more direct style of previous boss Tony Pulis. JM

Jesus Navas - Manchester City

Before joining City for £15million, Navas had spent his entire career playing in La Liga with Sevilla. Widely regarded as being a quick and direct winger, Navas is sure to delight City fans next season as he gives many a full-back a torrid afternoon.

Navas has over 20 caps for the Spanish national side and helped his country win the 2010 World Cup and European Championships two years later. TMc

Fernandinho - Manchester City

City responded to last season's disappointment by signing Fernandinho for an eyebrow-raising fee of £30million from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Brazilian international has Champions League experience and scored against Chelsea in the competition last season. It is thought that along with Yaya Toure, Fernandinho will provide even more protection to an impressive back four. Attackers beware! TMc

Paulinho - Tottenham

Jose Paulo Bezerra Maciel Junior, AKA Paulinho, is the latest addition to the Premier League ranks, having only just finalised his move on Saturday.

A box-to-box midfielder, the £17million signing is expected to complete a tasty-looking midfield triumvirate alongside Mousa Dembele and Sandro at White Hart Lane this season, which Andre Villas-Boas will hope catapults Spurs back into the Champions League. JM

Andre Schurrle - Chelsea

Capable of playing anywhere across the midfield or as part of a front three, Germany international Schurrle became the first arrival of Jose Mourinho's second coming at Chelsea.

Although his ability is not in question, it will be interesting to see where Mourinho finds room in his side for the former Bayer Leverkusen man with Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard all capable of filling similar roles for the Blues. JM

Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Norwich

Van Wolfswinkel officially completed his £8.5million move to Norwich from Sporting Lisbon on July 1 after the Canaries had agreed a pre-contract with the Dutch hitman back in March.

The 24-year-old has insisted that he isn't fazed by being the club's most expensive signing and has targeted a spot at next year's World Cup with Oranje. To do that he must score goals and that sounds like good news for Norwich fans. TMc

Iago Aspas - Liverpool

Stepping into the much-coveted No 9 shirt at Liverpool, much will be expected of the former Celta Vigo forward.

Although his record in Spain is marginally better than an impressive one goal every three games, it should be noted that the 25-year-old has only completed one full season in the Spanish top flight.

Nonetheless, Aspas will provide an excellent foil and additional competition at Anfield for both Daniel Sturridge and, should they keep him, Luis Suarez. JM

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