Michael Lintorn argues that Newcastle are getting it right in the transfer market this summer...
"Newcastle's pattern of following a dreadful window with a triumphant redemption effort is well established, and they have been busy replicating it once more."
Newcastle have endured a couple of terrible transfer windows this decade in which they have allowed an integral player to leave and not shown any real interest in replacing them.
This January, they waved off Yohan Cabaye and brought nobody besides goal-shy striker Luuk de Jong in to compensate in scenes reminiscent of the brutal winter of 2010/11 when Andy Carroll was sold for £35 million and the sole addition was mediocre veteran Shefki Kuqi.
When they actually bother getting involved in the player-signing process, they are pretty impressive. The summer after Carroll's exit, they masterfully recruited Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon for a combined £9.3 million, negating the sales of Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan whilst recording a profit.
Their reward for that business was fifth place and there was a similar success story in winter 2013 when, having been thrust into relegation danger by failure to invest and build on 2011/12's progress, they bought wisely to turn things around.
Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran were hurried in and triggered a run of four victories in six which salvaged that season.
So the pattern of following a dreadful window with a triumphant redemption effort is well established, and the Magpies have been busy replicating it once more to make amends for January's non-event.
Four newcomers have landed already. They upgraded de Jongs by sending Luuk away and bringing in brother Siem de Jong from Ajax, snared versatile midfielder Jack Colback on a free from Sunderland - infuriating their neighbours - and took promising Spanish forward Ayoze Perez off of Tenerife.
The latest capture has been the most encouraging of the lot though in Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, a hero of their unlikely 2011/12 Ligue 1 title win and France international who is still a youthful 24.
This is potentially just the start too given the volume of rumours that Netherlands World Cup star Daryl Janmaat, formerly linked with Man United, will be moving to Tyneside for around £5 million.
Few of Newcastle's current key men are expected to depart either, with Debuchy, who Janmaat would step in for, and Hatem Ben Arfa, who Pardew seemingly wouldn't be gutted to lose, the only ones being heavily speculated about.
It all serves to hint that Pardew's side are a value bet for successive top-half finishes at 2.568/5.