Davide Santon Will Not Play Tomorrow

Davide Santon is anxious to show Newcastle fans what he can do in a black and white shirt.

Davide Santon – playing for the Reserves on Wednesday

But it seems that Davide will have to wait a few more weeks before he makes his long awaited Newcastle debut, because although he’s in the squad and will travel to Wolves for tomorrow’s game he will not play, according to manager Alan Pardew.

The Italian was impressive in the Reserves 5-3 win at Swansea on Wednesday night, and he seems to have fully recovered from the pain he had in his right knee two weeks ago.

So far this season Ryan Taylor has played in every minute of each of  Newcastle’s six league games, and it seems that the Newcastle manager is keen to keep him in the side, and Santon will spend only his second game on the Newcastle bench tomorrow afternoon.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“Santon will not play Saturday, 100%, so it does not give me a difficult decision,”

“But he will travel. It has been a really big week for him and I am really pleased. There is nothing worse than coming to a new club with an injury record that is not perfect and then getting injured again. For him to be fit is a really good thing.”

Santon himself seems happy enough, and was probably pleased to get the 90 minutes in that he played at Swansea, and he is looking forward to the challenge to get into the first team at his new club:

“I am happy about the challenge that lies ahead for me,” he said. “I want to show my character and be a great player for Newcastle. I can play on the right or the left. Obviously, I am a defender, but I enjoy going forward!”

The Italian is a versatile player just like Ryan Taylor is, and the 6’2″ tall Italian U21 captain can play in either full back position, but is equally comfortable on either wing too.

Ryan Taylor is not  a left back, and we’ve always thought his best position was on the wing, and the right wing at that, but it   says something about Ryan’s professionalism that he has been able to come in and do a job for the club playing out of position.

Taylor has filled in well for the departed Jose Enrique, and since the two week International break starts after this weekend’s  round of games,  it’s going to be a few weeks yet until we see Santon in action in the first team.

But that does give the Italian International ample time to train with the squad and get to understand how the first team plays, so he will be ready when he does come into the first team.

But the lad is very young at just 20, and it seems Alan Pardew will give him lots of time to acclimatize to his new club and new country before putting him into the side.

That’s simply sensible management.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s interesting…

    If Jarvis gets a chance to run at Raylor, he can do some damage to us like as he has a fair bit of pace?


    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Jarvis is LW so he’ll be up against simmo.
    Off to get fifa 12 soon, is it worth 40quid?


    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    It make sense to me – bring him in slowly. RTaylor is playing ok and i am sure Jonas will be giving him protection as well. Santon looks a good buy mind you and i am sure once he gets a game he will keep his place(can cover as centre half as well )
    Keep the Faith

  • richard

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    as long as the team is picking up points theres no need to change it too much but the time will come shortly with injuries and suspensions when santon will start, so i think he willbe sub tomorow and eased in gentely,

  • geoff777

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t praise Raylor enough for the fantastic job he’s doing at LB.

    Out of position on the wrong side of the pitch … winning goal against the scum.

    Cheers Ryan!!!

  • fungus44

    Sep 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    found this on twitter can,t see it being true if so might cause unrest in the camp any one else agreeNewcastle United boss Alan Pardew only wants English spoken at the club.

    With seven French speaking players in his squad, Pardew has actually banned them speaking the language around the training ground, says the Daily Mail.

    If he hears a word of it on the pitches, in the dressing room, round the canteen or even from the table tennis room, the players are fined.

  • Sav

    Sep 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If Pardew is praised for picking the team on merit and performance rather than reputation, and Raylor has been excellent at LB, why is this blog taking it for granted that Santon will be in once the international break is over?
    If he does, it could easily be at RB, not left. Let’s give Raylor the respect he has earned and wait until he no longer deserves to hold onto the shirt.

  • SpaceGhost

    Sep 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8


    Imagine you’re Pardew & say you just signed 7 players, all of them can speak speak Russian, Japanese or English. Which do you prefer? I think its a good move to avoid cliques from forming.

    That’s what happened to Nolan & Barton. No one understood their Scouse speak. Couldn’t even ask for a new contract in English 🙂

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Does Pardew mean Santon wont play as wont start? or will not even come on from the bench? really would like to see him get a run out…..even if just for a few minutesz should we be winning comfortably

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    ive heard its not quite as dictatorial as that as he will allow them to ask questions to help with their french but any conversations i believ it is punished with press ups sit ups the usual immediat punishments and a 3 strike rule before a fine but honestly its a good idea to avoid a separation in the group which there was with Barton Nolan and Carroll there will allways be min cliques and i was impressed by Demba Ba when he first arrived here and he said he wasnt gonna be speaking french to any of the french lads at all

  • BillBurch

    Sep 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    I read on an earlier blog that some lads were saying the likes of HBA, Gosling etc shouldn’t be picked to play against certain teams because of their tough tackling defenders! For God’s sake these are professional PL footballers in, or should be in, peak condition not bairns! It’s like saying “don’t play with them big kids pet, they’re too rough!”

  • Mag52

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d heard that the punishment for speaking french was to be compulsory reading of the Daily Mail for a week. Don’t know how true that is.


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