More Good News On Davide Santon

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?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Eastander

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Something’s not right here, Ben Arfa’s back earlier than expected, Santon hasnt actually done his knee, we’ve made the best start to a season since 1995 and we’ve safety made are way passed the first two rounds of the cup

    I’m waiting for something to go wrong!

  • Qatar NUFC fan

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2


  • Qatar NUFC fan

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3



    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Simpsons goal was on goal of the week hahahaha!!

  • toonfan76

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Definite interesting read, should we be starting to cut Ashley some slack, If he starts to feel appreciated it can only be better for our club, At the end of the day he might own the club but it will always be ours!

  • estechco

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    I hear you Eastender.

    Just bask in the warm sunlight of some good news as the next disaster/cock up is surely just around the corner.

    Not being a ‘neggar’, just the harsh reality of being a toon fan (of many years)

  • John

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I tink Soloman Kalou wud great little signing for us come Jan or if hes young team lukaku wants to come up and make name for himself on loan we shud snap him up Pardew needs to get on the blower to chelsea now and steal a march.

  • toonfan76

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    All hail Graham Carr, I personally think he is looking like the mastermind behind this team of players. If we can keep them together for two to three years at least, then we could be a force in the premiership once again.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Keep them together for two ro three years!!

    NEE CHANCE!!!!
    History dictates that!

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Central defense is the huge worry. I do not want to see Perch on the pitch again…he is utter dross. Howay Kadar pull ur sodding socks up.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    If fat maike wants to be loved by the toon, all he has to do is spend some dosh on 3 quality players!!
    2 Defenders and 1 Striker
    Then any end of season profit to be reinvested in the team. I wouldnt even begrudge him starting to pay himself back.

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Could disagree more with opening paragraph….

    Defense our biggest weakness??? Have you watched any games or seen the results come in.?

  • toonarmyuk

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Toite$PM (Post 13) – was just about to say the same! Under which circumstances can anyone say that Newcastle’s defence have been under-performing?

    We have condeded 2 goals in 5 games, with the next best defence conceding twice that amount! I can understand that some people may be a little concerned that Ryan Taylor isn’t quite good enough for some of the better wingers (viz-a-viz the pasting he had from SWP), but the bigger picture shows that the heart of our defence (Steven Taylor, Colo and Krul) are performing magnificently at the back!

    I am looking forward to seeing Santon in the team as he can make it better still, but to give the defence stick at the moment is truly unfair!

  • danishmag

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    i agree with Tiote and tonnarmy.

    The spine in defence Krul, Colo and Saylor has been fantastic so far!

    Though back up for Colo and Saylor is needed!
    IMO Williamson is the best back up we have, and he is not nearly as good as Colo and Saylor.
    One classy CB as first choice back up, as it would put Williamson as second choice back up. That is not bad at all.

  • Durham_Toon

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    @4 an interesting read but I think too much has already gone on for some to ever change their thinking when it comes to MA and DL, myself included.

  • ash1001

    Sep 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Yeh hopefully it is good news on Davide Santon, sooner we see him on the pitch the better, should be a different team setup then hopefully.
    On the subject of good news, although some may want to have a go at me, personally I think its good news that Shola has yet another knock that may keep him out of the team or bench, just fed up of watching this under achiever get a place in the squad. Look at performance marks on Sky Sports and hes always bottom of the fans ratings whenever he plays – so is it not time to forget about him.


    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19


  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    as far as i have heard the team is unchanged from the villa game


    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    On my team its says colo Doubtful Lack of match fitness – 75% chance of playing

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    super colo will be fine

  • AndytheScientist

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Durham_Toon you are spot on, too much has gone on and there is no way back for MA as far as a large number of fans are concerned. He’s taken away something many people had close to their hearts. For me he personally ruined my love of football, that will never be forgiven or repaired.

    The other big problem is football is a religion, it’s something you do regularly and always think what would i do without going to the match on saturday. The reality of course is that when you stop going, you don’t miss it as much as you thought you would, and you do other things. Or go to the pub to watch (you can pretty much watch every game now legally thanks to the EU ruling).


    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Roshan@ the match is on espn at 11pm delay
    Bcoz of the shit t20 cricket live 🙁

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #25

    the cricket will not finish @11 and i saw that on ESPN there is regular matchday,

    My suggestion is just do not go by what is posted on the website.


    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Hope dat bloody cricket gets over fast . Or else I bang my head on da wall if They dnt show da repeat. Let me c watz on my setupbox.


    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could start against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    i saw a commercial that siad 3 matches liveback2back on ESPN.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Ash1001- Absolutely right!! I know it’s cruel and harsh but everytime Strolla is on the pitch he takes the piss. Yet he still knows he’ll have a guranteed starting spot the next game or the following at the latest.

    Strolla has never set the world alight and at his age NEVER WILL!!

    I think I am the fan that can’t stand the lazy ass the most as I am contantly begging for him to F off. Sadly he never will somehow and his brothe Sammy has already eclipsed him. We had better buy a quality striker in January as eveytime Strolla is on the pitch we are down to 10 men and an extremely lazy and useless wannabe footballer.

    God I Hate Him!!!

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #30

    shields gazette says he’ll be on the bench

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #31

    hey INDIAN MAGPIE in whai channel does our match come or is it even televised all over the world

  • Rowan Milsted

    Sep 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Our defence has been excellent so far, Colo, Saylor and Krul are a hell of a spine. We definitely need another CB, Williamson has been good for us and has proved to be a right bargain but he’s decent at best and his injury has highlighted our lack of depth in defence. Another CB, Kadar coming thorugh and Williamson back in about 4 weeks and we’ll look a lot better back there. All it takes is an injury to Colo or Saylor before January and we’re in trouble. I hate to knock Toon players but Perch really isn’t very good at this level… and that’s being kind.

    Great news so far on Santon. I’d like to see Raylor continue to play but either in RB or RW, at LB he gets ripped apart by decent wingers. Let’s hope Santon is fit soon and doesn’t need surgery. Injuries allowing we’d then have a back line of Krul, Santon, Colo, Saylor and Raylor- that’s really very good.

  • drongo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Santon coming in at LB for me opens up a wave of options. It allows Marveaux to be at LW from the start, Jonas to move to the right, and for the 3 creative attacking players to really do their thing.

    Until that happens I would keep Marv on the bench and use him to replce HBA on 65-70 mins in the hole.

  • boater

    Sep 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #34

    The players on the pitch have defended well – but there is no cover to speak of. Certainly another fullback and young centre half is needed for strengthening.

    JP – Your negative energy towards one of our own players is shameful. I’m not going to get into the ins and outs of his game yet again- I’ll admit he hasn’t looked sharp this season

    To say you ‘hate him’ just reflects pretty badly on you mate, not him.

  • drongo

    Sep 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #35

    quick question lads
    Im having my fantasy league transfer window auction next week.

    My 2 toon lpayers are HBA and Ba – reckon I swap Ba for Besty….?


    Sep 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Roshan at 11pm on espn

  • cgrizzly87

    Sep 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    I know we all think Perch is terrible and I agree to a certain extent, but I was at the Forest game and thought Perch did very well.

    There were a few occasions where he was out of position and looked hesitant when they had the ball on the floor, but he dealt with air balls and crosses VERY well. I was shocked and pleasantly suprised

  • gorskino10

    Sep 23, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

    “Newcastle squad and how they have performed this season, it seems the weakness the team has is in defense”

    Really although we have let in the least ammont of goals in the WHOLE of the league?

    But you didnt point out our attack is the 3rd worse with a measly 4 goals, 3 of them scored by Best. We just dont get any goals from the rest of the attacking unit, Ba/Ameobi/Obertan/Jonas/Tiote/Cabaye thats nearly everyone from attack/mid and they all have 0 goals!

  • toonarmyuk

    Sep 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Boater @ 34 – disagree completely. The only person looking bad is Ameobi. He should be ashamed of his contribution to our team this season so far. Every time he has been on the pitch he has been shown to be the laziest player on the pitch time and time again.

    He has no speed, very little skill, and absolutely zero effort. He might as well literally stand still – in fact, he DOES stand still most of the time!

    His heart may be with Newcastle, but he’s an absolute donkey and the main liability in our team. If ever there was a player who needs to be given a free transfer it’s him…I’d even go as far to suggest I’d pay half of wages – it’s the only way any other club would even contemplate taking him!

  • TimsTOON

    Sep 23, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Great news and he adds even more depth to the quality in our squad? Ed, he’ll be great for our defence, with a C not an


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