Looking at the Newcastle squad and how they have performed this season, it seems the weakness the team has is in defense, and of course we also need to bring in a top striker in January.
Davide Santon – running now after knee drained
But a new signing that Newcastle made in late August, and who has yet to appear in the Newcastle first team, is 20 year-old Italian International full-back Davide Santon.
Davide was presumably brought in to replace the departed Jose Enrique at left back, although the youngster is principally right footed.
After looking good in the Reserve’s 6-0 hammering of Norwich City last week, Davide complained of a sore right knee last Thursday after training, and the youngster had a small amount of fluid removed from his right knee in London last Monday.
And there is more good news from Alan Pardew today, that Davide may now be OK, and surgery may not be necessary to corrct the problem in a knee that has given the talented youngster problems in the past.
Alan Pardew has this to say late yesterday:
“Davide ran this morning, he’s had no reaction and we think – fingers crossed and God willing – he’s going to be okay.”
The first thing to do is to see how well Davide performs in the first team when he is fit enough, but then it could be that as well as a striker, Newcastle would do well to bring in both another full back and center-half in January.
Full back is probably Newcastle’s weakest position right now, and after Steven Taylor, Colo and Mike Williamson, Newcastle do not have any real cover in central defense, as Tamas Kadar has not come through as we had hoped.
What do you think?