However, in terms of saving money in the long run, rather than going to France (Abeid), Holland (Krul) and Italy (Santon) for our youngsters, why not spend a little extra developing our own young players?
I can imagine journalists sitting around with no clue what to write about during the summer, putting our players’ names on one set of balls and a list of clubs on another set and drawing them out randomly. Coloccini – Man City. Cisse – Man Utd.
To have a sound, professionally run club like Gateshead to send young players to, rather than them going off to Sheffield or Milton Keynes would give Pardew a chance to keep up to date with their progress.