Profit-making Pardew to guide Newcastle into the top half
A look at every player Alan Pardew has signed as a Premier League boss, and the fees his employers received when they moved on
Newcastle’s decision to sell their captain and top goalscorer Kevin Nolan for £3 million saw more eyebrows raised than at a Carlo Ancelotti press conference, and even prompted some to argue that a relegation battle now awaits the Magpies.
The reality is rather different. Newcastle have already brought in four players for the new campaign, with Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye having all the attributes necessary to prove an upgrade on Nolan.
He provided seven assists in each of the last two seasons for the French champions, netted 15 times in 2009-10 and is four years younger than his predecessor yet has already received international recognition.
That they have also been able to add proven goalscorer Demba Ba, highly-regarded Rennes academy product Sylvain Marveaux and now promising youngster Mehdi Abeid while showing a net spend of little over £1 million represents fantastic business.
Why should you be confident that the signings will live up to their billing on Tyneside despite having only a dozen matches of Premier League experience between them? Because their new boss Alan Pardew has demonstrated his transfer market savvy on countless occasions.
The former West Ham manager has his shortcomings, as his miserable spell at Charlton illustrated, but his record when it comes to buying and selling is hard to fault, as emphasised by our pie charts.
Looking at every player he bought during Premier League stints at West Ham and Charlton that have since moved on, his former employers have made a profit of 34.5% on the £18.625 million he spent, showing the overall success of his purchases.
That fine figure would more than likely have topper 100% were it not for the injury that ended the career of one of his more costly purchases, Dean Ashton. To have recouped so much without seeing a return on that £7.25 million investment makes his work even more admirable.
The examples that we have looked at also don’t even include the cash the Irons pocketed for several of his Championship captures, like Nigel Reo-Coker (£8.5 million), Bobby Zamora (£5 million) and Marlon Harewood (£4 million).