On the day of the Champions League draw, this post may seem to be somewhat of an oversight. That being said, there is plenty of time to reflect on some of the mouth-watering ties at a later date, as I don't doubt I will. Instead, I have opted to do something different.
An interesting suggestion I had for a new post was to compile a best XI of new Premiership signings and, with the transfer window set to reopen in a fortnights time, I thought I would give it a go. So, here is my side comprising of the 2010 summer transfer window's finest acquisitions.
GK: Ben Foster (Manchester United – Birmingam)
DR: Nedum Onouha (Manchester City – Sunderland)
DC: Laurent Koscielny (Lorient – Arsenal)
DC: Titus Bramble (Wigan Athletic - Sunderland)
DL: Carlos Salcido (PSV - Fulham)
DMC: Yaya Toure (Barcelona – Manchester City)
DMC: Cheick Tiote (FC Twente - Newcastle)
AMR: Moussa Dembele (AZ Alkmaar - Fulham)
AMC: Rafael Van der Vaart (Real Madrid - Tottenham)
AML: David Silva (Valencia – Manchester City)
ST: Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux – Arsenal)
Danny Welbeck, Paul Konchesky and Raul Meireles were the other main players who almost made the cut.
Now, I think the one thing that should become abundantly clear from looking at my team is that the last transfer window was a particularly poor one. The majority of this team are bargain purchases or players that have exceeded expectations with their performances so far this season.
As I have commented on before, the recession has unquestionably impacted upon the Premiership, but we all know that. Excluding the signings by Manchester City, no other player in this team cost more than £10 million. Ultimately, this best XI acts as a clear indication of the fact that the quality of the players entering the league is certainly not what it once was.
Nevertheless, I would like to hear who other people feel deserved, or did not deserve, to make the team, so please let me know.
Thoughts, comments and opinions please...