Picking a Premier League Import XI vs. La Liga Import XI and Possible Outcome

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2014

Picking a Premier League Import XI vs. La Liga Import XI and Possible Outcome

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    Now that the World Cup is over, the transfer window has really hit full swing, with all thoughts turning to just how the new recruits will fare.

    Much of the transfer business has centred around arguably the top two leagues in the world, the Premier League and La Liga, with plenty of players leaving other countries and heading to England or Spain.

    Who are the best of these players, though? And how will they fare in their new country?

    Picking only from players who have entered from a different division this summer, we pit the Premier League's new boys against the new stars of La Liga, and then ask: "Just who'd win?"

Premier League Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero

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    Argentinean goalkeeper Willy Caballero has left Malaga for Manchester City this summer, teaming up with his old boss Manuel Pellegrini at the Premier League champions.

    Caballero will likely have to be patient and wait for a place behind Joe Hart in the pecking order, but as we saw when he played Costel Pantilimon at times last season, Pellegrini isn't afraid to make brave choices when it comes to his No. 1.

Premier League Defence: Daryl Janmaat, Philippe Senderos, Felipe Luis

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    Probably the weakest area of our Premier League imports team, the defence is made up of just three players, two of whom love to go forward.

    Newcastle new boy Daryl Janmaat impressed when raiding from the right-hand side for the Netherlands at the World Cup, whilst Chelsea have signed one of the best attacking left-backs in the world in Felipe Luis.

    It'll be tricky, but the two of them could play alongside Philippe Senderos, who returns to the Premier League with Aston Villa after a brief spell at Valencia. The former Arsenal, Everton and Fulham man isn't likely to inspire much confidence, however.

Premier League Midfield: Fernando, Cesc Fabregas, Remy Cabella, Ander Herrera

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    Former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas is back in the Premier League after completing his huge move to Chelsea just before the World Cup.

    The signing has the potential to be one of the best of the season, whilst another Spaniard moving to the Premier League is the 24-year-old Ander Herrera, who completed his long-drawn out move from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United.

    On the other side of Manchester, City brought in defensive midfielder Fernando from Porto, whilst Newcastle United completed the exciting signing of Frenchman Remy Cabella, an attacking midfielder who rounds off this area of our team nicely.

Premier League Attack: Lazar Markovic, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa

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    One high profile forward may have left the Premier League for La Liga this summer (see our first photo for a hint as to who) but two have come the other way.

    There is still huge excitement amongst Arsenal fans after their club completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, whilst Chelsea supporters will hope that they've signed the Diego Costa who scored 35 goals for Atletico Madrid last season and not the one who flopped at the World Cup.

    Completing our three-pronged attack is Liverpool's new 20-year-old Serbian Lazar Markovic, hailed as an exciting arrival by many and one the Reds did well to bring in.

La Liga Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen

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    The La Liga team begins with Barcelona's new 22-year-old goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who arrived at the club from Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer.

    The German international has been given Victor Valdes' old No. 1 shirt at the Camp Nou, but he could end up sharing goalkeeping duties with Claudio Bravo, the Chile international who arrives at the club from Real Sociedad and is nine years Ter Stegen's senior.

La Liga Defence: Roberto Rosales, Gabriel Corozo, Arthur Boka

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    Much like the Premier League side, the La Liga team is struggling for imports who play in defence.

    Probably the most high-profile defensive arrival is the Ivory Coast left-back Arthur Boka, who arrives at Malaga from VfB Stuttgart having played in all three of his country's matches at the World Cup in the summer.

    Boka is joined at Malaga by Roberto Rosales, a Venezuelan right-back who moves from FC Twente, whilst Gabriel Corozo arrives at Granada on loan from Udinese.

La Liga Midfield: Toni Kroos, Andre Gomes, Alen Halilovic, James Rodriguez

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    Toni Kroos is the headline act in midfield having arrived at Real Madrid from Bayern Munich following his instrumental role in helping Germany win the World Cup.

    The arrival of Kroos will certainly strengthen what was already a special team in Madrid, which now of course includes the World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez, following his transfer from Monaco after his stellar performances in Brazil where he scored six goals.

    Elsewhere, new Barcelona arrival Alen Halilovic is likely to be seen in the club's B team more often than the senior side despite his immense promise, whilst Valencia snapped up midfielder Andre Gomes on a season-long loan from Benfica.

La Liga Attack: Luis Suarez, Mario Mandzukic, Iago Aspas

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    Luis Suarez's move from Liverpool to Barcelona is the third most expensive transfer of all-time, and the Catalan club's record move.

    The Uruguayan leaves Anfield after three-and-a-half eventful years in the Premier League, and he moves to Barca to replace the departing Alexis Sanchez.

    Mario Mandzukic joins Atletico Madrid to replace Diego Costa after he in turn was replaced at Bayern Munich by Robert Lewandowski, whilst Suarez is joined in our team by last season's Liverpool team-mate Iago Aspas, who has moved to Sevilla on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

    Aspas scored just one goal for the Reds after arriving from Celta Vigo last summer.

Who'd Win?

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    So who'd win in our battle of the new boys in both England and Spain?

    Any match between the teams is likely to be a high-scoring one given the difference in quality between defence and attack, but it could be the extra quality in the Premier League's midfield which just about sees them scrape home.

    Fernando, Fabregas, Cabella and Herrera seems to be a cohesive unit and one that would combine well for the talented attack of Markovic, Sanchez and Costa to score goals.

    The La Liga team might have Kroos, Rodriguez and Suarez, but not even they would be a match for them.

    The Premier League side wins a thriller!