Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr recently signed an unprecedented eight-year contract, keeping the player whisperer at the club until his 75th birthday.
In case anyone doesn’t know who he is, he’s UK comedian Alan Carr’s father, yet what is no laughing matter is his eye for a player, and a bargain buy at that. Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye and Cisse were all snapped up for a total of less than £20 million and are now valued at around £20 million each.
The next generation of stars to roll off The Graham Carr Factory production line includes both new signings and existing youngsters on the books who survived the club cull in the summer.
Gone are the days (for now) of Newcastle splashing the megabucks on transfer fees, the modern Magpies are more likely to break the transfer record for receiving transfer fees as they did with Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35 million.
Yet as Pardew looks to build a quality, young squad capable of competing on all four fronts, these are the future stars who will take the Newcastle United revolution to the next level.