RealSport’s New Signing XI

It was a record breaking transfer window for Premier League clubs. RealSport make a best XI out of the players to sign for teams in England's top tier.

  1. 1 GK: Jordan Pickford

    From: Sunderland

    To: Everton

    Fee: £30m

    Many eyebrows were raised when Everton paid that much money for a young, relatively inexperienced keeper.

    However, Pickford has already proven what an excellent, all-round keeper he is. The former Sunderland man is a superb shot stopper, rarely makes an error and has wonderful distribution.

    He could be Everton and England's number one goalkeeper for the next ten years.

  2. 2 RB: Kyle Walker

    From: Tottenham

    To: Manchester City

    Fee: £45m

    Again, eyebrows were raised when City made Walker the most expensive defender in the history of the game.

    However, the Englishman has been the best right back in England for the last two seasons, and also adds to City's homegrown quota.

    Walker has the pace, power, energy and technical skills that will make a massive difference to Pep Guardiola's side, with fullback being a problem position for the club last year.

  3. 3 CB: Michael Keane

    From: Burnley

    To: Everton

    Fee: £30m

    Keane had already proven himself to be an exceptional low block defender who is comfortable on the ball whilst playing for Burnley.

    That makes him an ideal centre back for Ronald Koeman's system to become the second English new Evertonian in this list.

    Keane has made an excellent start to life at Goodison Park and the Toffees look a much more solid outfit with him in their backline.

  4. 4 CB: Mamadou Sakho

    From: Liverpool

    To: Crystal Palace

    Fee: £26m

    One of the last transfers to go through, and the one Palace were desperate to come off.

    The Eagles' backline has been chaotic so far this season, and Sakho will bring much needed leadership and organisation.

    The Frenchman was fantastic whilst on loan at Selhurst Park last season, so much so he was even nominated for the club's Player of the Season award, despite only featuring eight times.

  5. 5 LB: Benjamin Mendy

    From: Monaco

    To: Manchester City

    Fee: £50m

    City spent over £125 million on fullbacks this summer. However, they have gone from being one of the weakest in that position in the league, to arguably the strongest.

    Mendy is similar to Walker on the other side in terms of the pace, power and energy he brings, but is one of the best crossers of the ball in Europe.

    Expect to see a lot of pinpoint balls and pull backs into the box from the French left back this season.

  6. 6 DM: Nemanja Matic

    From: Chelsea

    To: Manchester United

    Fee: £40m

    Arguably the signing of the summer. Matic has made a tremendous start to life at Manchester and looks to be the missing piece of the jigsaw for the Red Devils.

    The Serbian brings composure and intelligence to a United midfield lacking depth in that position.

    Chelsea fans must wonder why they let him go.

  7. 7 CM: Tiemoue Bakayoko

    From: Monaco

    To: Chelsea

    Fee: £40m

    The man Chelsea brought in to replace Matic. Bakayoko was sensational for Monaco last season and is constantly harassing and retrieving the ball from his opponents.

    He is ideally suited to partner N'Golo Kante in the 3-4-2-1 Chelsea used last season, or can even be deployed in a more box-to-box role should Antonio Conte revert to the 3-5-2 he used at former side Juventus.

  8. 8 CM: Aaron Mooy

    From: Manchester City

    To: Huddersfield Town

    Fee: £10m

    What an astute piece of business this has turned out to be for the Terriers. Mooy was fantastic helping the club reach the Premier League on loan last season and has so far transferred that to the top tier.

    The Australian has the desire and hard work needed to play at a newly promoted side, but also the attacking quality and intelligence to help progress the ball, and create goal-scoring opportunities.

  9. 9 RW: Bernardo Silva

    From: Monaco

    To: Manchester City

    Fee: £43m

    Another player signed from Monaco to make this list. Silva looks to be the heir to his namesake David Silva at Manchester City.

    He displays a lot of similarities with his teammate that have seen the Spaniard become a Premier League legend.

    Bernardo's footwork, intelligence and technique on the ball should see him become a resounding success for City.

  10. 10 ST: Romelu Lukaku

    From: Everton

    To: Manchester United

    Fee: £75m

    The Belgian has become the most expensive striker in the history of football, but so far looks to be worth every penny.

    With four goals in his opening four games for United, Lukaku has made a terrific start at Old Trafford. 

    One of Jose Mourinho's major issues last season was beating the so-called lesser sides at home last season and Lukaku, who has been noted as something of a flat track bully, will go a long way to fixing that problem.

    He is a major reason why United are the early favourites for the Premier League title.

  11. 11 LW: Mohamed Salah

    To: Liverpool

    From: Roma

    Fee: £34m

    What a start to life the Egyptian has made at Anfield.

    The forward has netted three goals in his opening five games for the club and has seamlessly fitted in to Liverpool's already frightening attack.

    There can be fewer more daunting prospects for a defence than the sight of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino charging towards your goal.

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Harry Brooks


Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!