Everton and Wolves are two of the clubs most heavily praised for their transfer business over the course of the summer.
While Everton took a while to get going before ultimately ‘winning’ transfer deadline day, Wolves wasted no time in spending big to strengthen their squad for their return to the Premier League.
Everton will hope to get back into the Europa League spots this season, while Wolves will evidently look to challenge themselves, not quite content with simply maintaining their Premier League status.
Here is how we think a combined line-up between the two clubs would look.
Everton and Wolves: Combined XI
GK - Jordan Pickford
Rui Patricio is a great goalkeeper by all accounts, but after this summer’s exploits, there is no way Jordan wasn’t going to make a combined line-up.
RB - Séamus Coleman
Séamus missed periods of last season while he was recovering from a broken leg sustained prior to the season’s beginning, however when he came back he showed flashes of sheer brilliance that he has always demonstrated in royal blue.
With a full pre-season under his belt injury free, the Irishman will dominate Everton’s right-hand side.
CB - Willy Boly
For the uninitiated, Boly has an excellent year for Wolves last season.
The big commanding centre half demonstrated his exceptional ball-playing ability and pace in a tough division last season, and has the necessary attributes to become a bonafide Premier League star.
CB - Yerry Mina
We haven’t yet seen Yerry Mina in action in the Premier League, and the 23-year old barely played for Barcelona last season.
However, his World Cup performances alone make him better than any fit defender Everton currently possess, so he’s in.
LB - Leighton Baines
Lucas Digne comes mightily close to making this team, but purely on the basis that I just haven’t seen of him in action, I’m sticking with the tried and tested Baines.
He’s lost his step over the years, but he still has an awful lot of magic in that left foot.
CM - Rúben Neves
Wolves’ undisputed star player, Neves demonstrated last year that despite being just 20/21, he is a ready made star capable of playing at the highest level.
His exploits in the Championship were well documented and many will be excited to see how he performs this season.
CM - Idrissa Gana Gueye
Everton’s lynchpin, Gana had a not-as-good-as-the-previous-year year last season, but the ability is certainly there.
Under new management, with a coach who plays much better football, hopefully Gana will be back to his best.
RW - Theo Walcott
Everton’s most experienced forward, Theo was the Toffees most consistent high level performer last season, despite only joining in January.
With a flurry of new attacking players, the England international is sure to flourish in Everton’s set-up.
LW - Richarlison
Yes, I’m aware he didn’t score after November.
Yes, I’m aware that he only scored five goals.
But, I don’t care, I think he’s great. Quick, skilful and direct, Richarlison will excel after once again finding himself under Marco Silva’s tutelage.
AM - Diogo Jota
At just 21-years old, Jota smashed 17 goals for Wolves in the Championship last season, spearheading the club’s title winning campaign.
ST - Cenk Tosun
Everton’s big Turk leads the line for this team, ahead of what will hopefully be a barnstorming full debut season for the 27-year old.