Sam Allardyce: Master of the Transfer Deal

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 ₤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 ₤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.


Sam Allardyce – has a gift for recognizing a good player that others may not see

With these systems in place a club can find a player or nurture one that will eventually cost ₤25M – 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 ₤8M was mentioned.  Cacapa was to replace Sol Campbell who had moved to Portsmouth. Wenger finally thought ₤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 ₤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 – 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 – 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.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • toonfan1

    Sep 3, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #1

    why did there have to be a stupid international break! i hope that none of our players get injured in it and i think the break will kill off any momentum we had in the league

  • mark

    Sep 3, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #2

    its true i hate these international breaks

  • Nick C

    Sep 3, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone know owt about Beye? I can remember the Marseille games a few years back but i cannot remember him.

  • michael

    Sep 3, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    A little ahead of yourself Ed. We haven’t seen Barton, Beye, Faye or Enrique play in the PL under Sam yet. Too many questions considering we’ve not yet played anyone of note. Rozehnal and Cacapa look good right enough. Full backs still pose a huge question mark, as does Joey Bartons upcoming trial.

    Your optimism is well placed but very pre-emptive.

  • Davey Z

    Sep 3, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Ifs and buts and all that but can you imagine if Sir Bobby had replaced Keegan then BSA after him its frightening what we might of achieved by now.

  • Howie

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #6

    unfortunately life isnt as simple as that at newcastle. i agree with you Michael but the important thing was to build from the back and with cacapa and rozenhal looking good and with taylor and faye as back up it seems that is sorted. No one really knows if Enrique will be a success but trust me on Beye. He will make the right back spot his own for years. Have seen him play in France over the last couple of years and he is rock solid.

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Last season was a tough one for initially for Marseille and as far as I can recall most of their squad struggled including Beye but towards the end of the season he was playing as well as anyone in their team and well worth his place. I am sure we will be more than happy with him, he has both pace and skill and also is tough enough for the EPL. I hate to be negative about the season so far but we have had to struggle a bit at home, I think a break will be a good thing for Sam to foster better team spirit and cohesion, I am not sure that we have built up any momentum as yet. I feel the best is yet to come.

  • Bill F

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Basically I was agreeing with Michael and Howie but just wanted to add that I was surprised to see Capaca only had three caps for Brazil, I think he is better than that.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Every team’s taking a break not just us so I doubt there’s anything lost, except maybe that our guys are playing a non epl match with all the risk/reward.

  • Howie

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    we hav a good break so sam has 2 more days to prepare for derby game and the players have two more days rest with the game being on monday night so hopefully we can get the three points before messers bellamy, bowyer, parker and solano return.

  • Hadji

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m not really convinced that Beye played RB in Marseille cause i watched couple of games this season(like 15-20 min only,not the whole game) and i saw him playing CB which tells me that RB is his secondary position.Maybe i’m wrong.Anyway,he’ll definetly be the guardian demon this season on the RB role.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 3, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12

    His preffered position is RB, i’ve seen him play there in the majority of games for Marseille even though they are short on CBs. It says Rb is his preferred position in the majority of articles on him.

  • Rich

    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Sam Speaks about his deals in the transfer window:,19528,11678_2705955,00.html

    “The only disappointing one for me was Nobby, but in the end it was the right thing to do”

    Nobby is one player ive always wanted to meet, im not usually bothered about meeeting the players in real life but Nobby was a pure gem of a person, i always wanted to tell him how much i appreciated him.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah, know what you mean about Nolberto – I think I need to go get me a customized Solano shirt for safekeeping

  • Beastie

    Sep 3, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #15

    look lets all see what happens so far so good take advantage of not playin the big four till we play liverpool in november a think, also lets see where we r by time january comes round n see where we can improve! 8 points out of 12 is good enough for me even though we should of had 12 out of 12 in my opinion but a take 8 and its 2 more than we had at this stage last season!

  • Dave QUINN

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #16

    We have two more points at this stage but only gain 4 more points in the next 9 games
    Things have started of quite well i think

  • JoshI

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Nobby went to Villa for a season and came back why can’t it happen again?…. lol i know im clutching at straws but can still be hopefull!

  • dragoner

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #18

    cacapa is a world class defender and everyone was and is fully aware of that, the only reason he had only a few Brazil appearances was because of the ideology brazil once had of “every player needs to be able to attack” and cacapa is not that sort of player, he is a straight forward defender unlike lucio and juan etc who all possessed/possess pace etc.
    Brazil have now altered that approach and if cacpa was a few years younger he would definitely be side by side with Alex at the heart of Brazils defence

  • Hadji

    Sep 4, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #19

    God damn what is football nowadays.We sold Huntington for a 1 week wage of John terry.He went for a very cheap price and with the Leeds training system he could be their new Woodgate.

  • briss

    Sep 4, 2007 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #20

    i think that the international break could be a good thing because when the players come back we play Derby, a side that Liverpool pealed apart way too easily. When we return i think we will get a great result! TOON ARMY!

  • briss

    Sep 4, 2007 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #21

    i was dissapointed with seeing huntington go too, but Sam obviously saw he wasnt good enough for Newcastle anyway. awell…

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #22

    BSA has done exceptional in the transfer market and the 9 new signings offer experience and quality to the side.

    Like many I was disapointed to see Huntington’s sale to Leeds Utd, as he should have gone on a loan deal. Hopefully, there’s a sell-on in clause in his contract as I believe this guy will be a success and one day play for England.

    Can only assume BSA see’s more promise in Taylor and Edgar and justifies why he was offloaded at such a tender age……

    Let’s remain positive as the squad is looking good and BSA is building for both today and tomorrow!

  • Steve Mills

    Sep 4, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve got to admit I was shocked with Huntington leaving. He looked a decent young player. We might have a buyback on him though. But were well covered for centre halves. We’ve now got Taylor, Faye, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Ramage (when fit) and Edgar who can all play there.
    We’ve some great business in the transfer market and completely changed the squad, which when fit most teams would fear. We’ve still got Emre, Duff and Barton to add some creativity. Cacapa and Rozehnal look like great buys, and hopefully Beye. I’m interested to see Enrique play, as he cost the most of all the back 4. In midfield we’ve lost Dyer and Parker. But got Smith, Barton, Geremi and Faye for the same money. Up front only Spurs outside the top 4 have the same quality. Owen, Martins, Viduka and Owen are going to score us goals, plus Duff, Smith and Milner can all play there.
    I think at Christmas we should get another right midfielder because losing Milner would leave us short. Overall though I’m impressed with what Sam has done. The team is only going to get better as they learn to play together, and the fact were winning games laready is a good sign. We look like we’ve got a decent defence for the first time in living memory.

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 5, 2007 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Its an exciting time to be a Nescastle supporter but lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. These games against bottom halvers is what we need at the moment to give the team time to form cohesion and work as a unit. I’m looking foward to seeing the new team take shape and think the competition is doing everyone good. We need to see if these new boys are indeed any good? Team for Derby?

    Beye, Capaca, Roz, Enrique

    Bench – Given, Taylor, Viduka, Butt, Faye


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