Newcastle have done really well this season so far, even though they have not got all their players quite up to speed yet.
Davide Santon – to play for Reserves on Wednesday
While Demba Ba announced his arrival on Saturday with a fabulous hat-trick, there are other players like Ben Arfa, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling still to show through at the club.
It will only be a matter of time before Ben Arfa shows through, and of course 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid could be a surprise success this season, when he was only expected to be part of the Development squad, but nobody bothered to tell Mehdi that.
And good news today is that Italian U21 captain Davide Santon is ready to make a second appearance for the Newcastle Reserves side, as he gets up to speed and over his slight knee injury.
Santon was injured about ten days ago, but seems to have recovered after his knee was drained a week ago in London, and Alan Pardew talked about the talented 20 year-old today:
“I think Santon will play at Swansea on Wednesday and we will see from there.”
The Newcastle squad looks surprisingly strong with several players now pushing for a starting place in the team, which is great to see as Alan continued:
“Everybody else looks very, very strong.” “We still have Davide Santon to feature as well, so we are in a good position.”
Davide Santon needs to oust Ryan Taylor from the left back position, and Ryan has done a great job for the club as a stand-in left back, and we even noticed he was starting to kick the ball with his left foot a lot on Saturday, and obviously was trying to show Alan Pardew that he really is a natural left back.
But seriously, Ryan is a terrific professional and this is all you can ask of a squad player, to come in and get the job done for Newcastle when necessary, and he’s done exactly that so far this season, and all credit to the 27 year old for that.