Fred, Jorginho and Alisson lead Premier League's most exciting newcomers XI


With a host of fresh faces set to thrill in the Premier League this season, here is our best XI of the top newcomers to watch.

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker - Liverpool

The move that you feel had to happen for Liverpool to become genuine title contenders.

Chelsea's scramble to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga quickly ended Alisson's rein as the world's most expensive goalkeeper but, after an excellent season at Roma and a confident FIFA World Cup, the Brazil international looks the long-term cure to Jurgen Klopp's goalkeeping headache.

Left-back: Lucas Digne - Everton

An understudy to Jordi Alba at Barcelona, Digne will not settle for a similar fate with Everton, where Leighton Baines has long held dominion over the left-back spot.

The pair are set for an intriguing battle as Digne aims to win back the France place he lost shortly before the World Cup.

Centre-back: Sokratis Papastathopoulos - Arsenal

Arsenal fans might finally have got their wish for a dependable, rugged defender in the shape of Sokratis.

Lured away from Borussia Dortmund, the experienced Greece international is set to take on an important role in a rejuvenated back four that Unai Emery will hope can lay the platform for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Centre-back: Yerry Mina - Everton

Despite having a stint at Barcelona and an impressive World Cup on his resume, 23-year-old Mina still has plenty to prove in the Premier League.

The imposing centre-back was made available after just seven months at Camp Nou, sparking a competitive race for his signature that ended with Everton paying a fee potentially rising to €31.75 million (A$50 million).

Now comes the challenge of leading an often suspect defence.

Right-back: Ricardo Pereira - Leicester City

Claude Puel consulted his database of former players to bring in Pereira, who played under the Frenchman at Nice, as a high quality rival for established right-back Danny Simpson.

The initial £17.5 million (A$31 million) deal was agreed prior to the World Cup and sees the 24-year-old Portugal international make a well-timed step up following a successful season with Porto.

Central Midfielder: Jorginho - Chelsea

Can he be the man to ease Chelsea's transition to a silky new passing style?

Jorginho shunned Pep Guardiola's advances to stick with Maurizio Sarri, who raided former club Napoli for a trusted midfield fulcrum.

Both will hope he can replicate the performances that made the Brazil-born playmaker an Italy international.

Central Midfielder: Fred - Manchester United

Jose Mourinho needs a sprinkle of new-season cheer. Fred may just be the player to provide it.

Skilful and energetic, the Brazil World Cup squad member should liven up a stale midfield, potentially freeing up some of the expectation placed upon Paul Pogba.

A five-year contract seems a sensible investment.

Central Midfielder: Naby Keita - Liverpool

Keita has stirred a groundswell of excitement at Anfield since Liverpool announced his signing 12 months ago.

Dynamic and creative, the midfielder excelled at RB Leipzig with 14 goals across the past two Bundesliga seasons.

There is, however, one note of caution for Jurgen Klopp: Keita has been sent off four times since September 2017.

Left Winger: Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham

Sessegnon is the kind of talent Gareth Southgate believes can take England to the next level.

Judging by his mature, incisive Championship displays, there is a strong chance the teenager will graduate to full international honours before the season is out.

Retaining the flying left-back turned winger could prove Fulham's finest bit of off-season business.

Right Winger: Felipe Anderson - West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini has not been heisitant in overhauling West Ham's underperforming squad.

Felipe Anderson, a reported £35 million (A$61 million) acquisition from Lazio, could be the player that determines the success of the sweeping changes.

The unpredictable Brazilian winger looms as a natural heir to former fan favourite Dimitri Payet.

Striker: Yoshinori Muto - Newcastle United

Muto arrives as the first Japanese player to ever don the Magpies' famous black and white stripes, and will hope to hit the ground running as a result.

The 26-year-old scored 10 goals in 30 appearances for Bundesliga club Mainz last season and offers manager Rafael Benitez another option up front.

Source Omnisport