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.