Alan Pardew was asked about young players at both clubs and in particular gave a rave review for the ‘beauty and grace’ of Southampton’s Adam Lallana.

The Newcastle manager picking Lallana out as only one of a number of young players Southampton have produced into their first team, while he sees things a bit further ahead for Newcastle with only now young players progressing from the Academy to their first professional contracts.

adam lallana“They have got some fantastic young players who have come through, the pick of them being Adam Lallana. He has a beauty and a grace with the ball that I’d like to have here.

“I have been at two clubs that are renowned for their talent coming through, West Ham and Southampton.

“But now in my third year here, this is the best we’ve been in the Academy; we’ve been given Grade A status here, we have signed four or five of our team from the youth team and they have done very well in the youth cup.

“Hopefully we can take that on and build a better foundation below.”