Sam Allardyce has done wonders in the transfer market for Newcastle United this summer and hasn’t needed much money to strengthen the squad considerably.
He’s paid out something under â‚¤10M in net funds to bring 9 good players to the club.
Not all great players are acquired by a club by having to pay out â‚¤25M, like some teams continually like to do. That’s why it’s good that Newcastle now have a global scouting organization in place and a renewed concentration on youth policy.
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With these systems in place a club can find a player or nurture one that will eventually cost â‚¤25M â€“ without actually having to pay that fee. Players like Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen at Liverpool are two examples of players that came to be Liverpool greats, by passing through their excellent youth system.
No, Sam Allardyce is more astute than having to pay out ridiculous fees for sometimes questionable players. Sam will be spreading his scouting net even further for Newcastle because more transfer funds and higher wages will be made available by Newcastle management, than he had at Bolton.
Remember that a year ago Arsene Wenger was after Claudio Cacapa from Lyon and a fee of around â‚¤8M was mentioned.Â Cacapa was to replace Sol Campbell who had moved to Portsmouth. Wenger finally thought â‚¤8M was too much for a then 30 year-old and didn’t pursue Cacapa. One year later and Sam picked Claudio up on a free transfer….and he looks worth â‚¤8M 😀
That’s not to say Sam will not have to bring one or two players in for big money once we are up there in the top four â€“ then it becomes a little more difficult to get from good to great.
This summer has almost been a lesson given by the big man on how to build a squad. Next summer will be a little more difficult when to improve the squad Sam will need to bring in even better players â€“ but don’t be surprised if Sam captures some excellent players for reasonable fees next year as well. He’s been doing that for years and won’t stop now.