Demba Ba's vote of confidence shows NUFC transfer policy is paying off
Ever since Harry Redknapp started bleating about the release clause in Demba Ba's contract - it was quite obvious that a few managers were starting to have a few regrets about not signing the Senegal international who is looking like one of the bargains of all time.
Today it was announced that Premier League managers had voted him the signing of the season with an award that represents a real feather in the hat for Newcastle United.
When United sold Andy Carroll for £35million to Liverpool there was a lot of talk that Premier League goal-getters don't come on the cheap.
But after a slow start, Ba exploded on to the scene and his 16 goals are the envy of many Premier League sides.
With the likes of Rangers and Pompey KO'd on the financial canvas, there has to be some credit directed the way of Toon board, who for all their credit are trying to live in modern times.
True enough, chief scout Graham Carr and Alan Pardew are only human and they won't always get it spot on with signings.
Yet surely, bringing in a player like Ba on a free transfer (granted with wages and signing on fee chucked in) is less than a risk of throwing money around like confetti in the old days.
Quite simply, buying "stars" like Michael Owen, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque these days and watching them fail to hit the heights will result in the death of a football club.
The world has changed dramatically from a financial point of view, and the days of splashing out are over.
Now, clubs need to think outside the box and if that is studying situations of player contracts and monitoring free transfers, then hopefully more players like Ba and Yohan Cabaye - who arrived after his release clause was activated - will be celebrated in the same way of the Senegal hot-shot.