DEADLINE DAY XI
Over £1 billion was spent across the transfer window, with clubs showing they were not afraid to splash the cash and yesterday’s deadline day was no exception. We have compiled a starting 11 of the biggest and best deals from yesterday’s Premier league deadline day, and hope to make a team that could mount a serious title challenge in any league..
We’ve opted to field a 4-4-2 due to its success under Leicester last season… and we would be foolish not to copy the Premier league champions, right?
Pau Lopez- Spurs-Loan
The Espanyol shot-stopper joins Tottenham Hotspurs on a season-long loan. He looks set to be used as a backup for Micheal Vorm and current first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The young goalkeeper made the most saves (96) than any other under 21-year-old from the top five European leagues last season.
Alvaro Arbeloa- West Ham United-Free
The experienced full-back joins West Ham United on a one-year deal after being released by Real Madrid. The experience of Arbeloa will be vital in providing experience and cover for young full-back Sam Byram, as well as giving Michel Antonio the freedom to play further forward. Arbeloa last game in the Premier league was for Liverpool before the Spaniard was sold to Real Madrid in 2009.
Bruno Martins-Indi- Stoke City- Loan
The centre-back has seen himself drop down the pecking order at Porto, subsequently making a loan move to Stoke City – who have an option to a permanent deal as part of the loan clause. The Dutch centre-back will partner Ryan Shawcross after Philipp Wollscheid completed his loan move to German outfit Wolfsburg. Martins-Indi has made 31 appearances for his national side and was a key part of their World cup semi-final reaching side.
David Luiz –Chelsea –£34 million
Possibly the biggest surprise of deadline day was David Luiz’s sensational return to Chelsea. The Brazilian defender rejoins after spending two years in France, for PSG. The Luiz singing could facilitate Conte’s switch to a back three, especially with the arrival of Marcos Alonso and the versaitlity of defender Cesar Azpilicueta Luiz is the most expensive defender in history after Chelsea sold him for £50 million to PSG.
Marcos Alonso-Chelsea –£23 million
The Fiorentina wing-back became Chelsea first signing of deadline day, arriving at the club prior to David Luiz. The Spanish left-back arrives after making 39 appearances last season for Fiorentina, scoring 8 goals in the process. Alonso’s last action in the Premier league was for Sunderland, where he made 20 appearances and helping his team survive relegation.
Jack Wilshire- Bournemouth- Loan
Another surprise move sees Arsenal midfielder join Bournemouth on a season-long loan. The Arsenal man was allowed to leave on loan after he had falling down the pecking order. He will look to gain valuable first team experience under Eddie Howe, in a move that is pro
bably Bournemouth’s most high-profile signing in the club’s history. Jack Wilshire was included in England’s Euro 2016 squad despite playing only playing twice during the 2015/2016.
Jeff Hendrick- Burnley-£10.5 million
The talented Republic of Ireland midfielder joins as Burnley’s most expensive signing after moving from Derby County. The midfielder had a fantastic Euro 2016 campaign and was one of his side’s standout performers, as Ireland made it to the knockout stages. Sean Dyche will hope that Hendrick’s directness and creativity will provide chances for his side’s forward line. Hendrick scored 27 goals for Derby County in 214 games.
Moussa Sissoko-Tottenham Hotspur- £30 million
The powerful Newcastle midfielder looked set to move to Everton on deadline day, but after Tottenham matched the £30 million asked by Newcastle, the midfielder found himself in London at the windows close. The French international had a fantastic Euro 2016 tournament, helping his national side to the final. He will be hoping to replicate that sort of form at Spurs, where his pace,power, and direct running are all skills that made him an attractive proposition to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou- Tottenham Hotspur- £11 million
The former Marseille winger finally confirmed his long-awaited move to Spurs on transfer deadline day. The winger joins the squad as another attacking option on the wing, as Pochettino looks to add more pace and direct running into his side. The 21-year-old is known for his direct running and only 6 players in Ligue 1 averaged more dribbled than him last season (2.3).
Islam Slimani-Leicester- £29 million
The Algerian striker has just come off his best season, plundering 27 goals for Sporting Lisbon last season. He joins the Premier league champions hoping to form a lasting partnership with star striker Jamie Vardy and his strength and power could make him the perfect striker to partner the England international. Slimani becomes the club’s most expensive signing; eclipsing the money paid for fellow striker Ahmed Musa.
Wilfred Bony- Stoke City-Loan
The Manchester City striker finalised a loan move to Stoke after he had been deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Pep Guardiola. The 27-year-old will certainly add to Mark Hughes’s forward line and will be hoping to rekindle the sort of form that saw him move to Manchester City 18 months ago. His speed, power and finishing ability will add a spark to Stoke’s offence, and with other attacking talents such as Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri, Bony won’t be short of service.
So there you have it! The deadline day’s best 11 signings all placed into one team. Boasting the most expesive defender in the world to a new club record signing for the Premier league champions. It’s just a shame that there were no last minute signings in the manager department. Oh well, this team will have to remain on paper, it seems.