Premier League 2017/18: Best summer signings XI
These players have hit the ground running at their respective new sides.
English top-tier clubs spent a total of £1.4 billion on footballers during the summer transfer window of 2017/18, including an unparalleled £210 million expenditure on the deadline day itself, to demolish the summer spending record for the sixth year consecutively
Figures from Deloitte showcased a total spending of £1.4 billion by the 20 Premier League clubs which is a 23% rise on the preceding year.
Four individual records have been set by player incomings this year. Ederson Moraes became the most expensive goalkeeper ever. Benjamin Mendy from Monaco is the world's most expensive defender, and Kyle Walker bought from Spurs is the most expensive right back in history.
While the fees paid for Romelu Lukaku's might not rival the fees paid for other forwards in Europe, he became the most expensive transfer between two English clubs.
We look at an XI made from these superstar signings of the 17/18 summer transfer window. We'll use the 4-3-3 formation taking the best player in each position.
Ederson Moraes - Manchester City (Goalkeeper)
Signed from: Benfica
Price Paid: £36 million
The rise of Manchester City’s goalkeeper from Portuguese side Benfica has been remarkable. Ederson Moraes broke into Benfica's first team only in March 2016 but has already become one of the best goalkeepers in all of Europe. He has earned acclamation from all the critics for his unbelievable distribution and his incomparable reflexes.
On a number of occasions this season, the 24-year-old from Brazil has received a pass from his teammates while under pressure from the opposition forwards, only for him to pass the ball through the opposition and calmly keeping possession intact.
He became the focal point of City’s possession-based tactics where he regularly prevented the aggressive opponents from distorting the rhythm of Guardiola’s title-winning team.
City’s high line approach results in Ederson’s traditional goalkeeping skills being tested very rarely (he has made just 53 saves all season) while making 28 clearances this term.
He's definitely an upgrade from Claudio Bravo last season.