The unheralded feature of Newcastle's season which has been a major success

Newcastle United did some excellent business during the transfer window last summer.

When Newcastle United's transfer strategy is discussed it will generally receive few plaudits. 

The Magpies have been criticised for showing a lack of ambition in the transfer market of late, with a number of their big name stars departing. 

The likes of Demba Ba, Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye have all been notable departures from St. James' Park in recent times and the club's failure to spend big has attracted criticism.

Newcastle tend to favour bringing in young players rather than high-profile stars and they have struggled to find adequate cover for some of their more talented players when they have been sold.

However, Newcastle enjoyed one of the best summers of any Premier League club last year and it has gone largely unnoticed. 

This season has not gone to plan for the North East side, yet it would unquestionably have been worse had they not had such a productive transfer window at the start of the season.

Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat arguably have been Newcastle's three most consistent performers this season and without them they could easily be in a relegation fight. 

It is, therefore, hard to think of three bigger bargains - considering the trio were acquired for a combined price of around £6.5 million.

Colback arrived on a free from Sunderland, Perez's transfer from Tenerife was valued at £1.5 million by the Guardian, and Janmaat cost only £5 million according to the Daily Mail.

It is testament to Newcastle's scouting ability and although the club have not received much credit for their transfer dealings of late, their acquisitions last summer deserve more praise than they have been given. 

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