One of the difficulties Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has these days on Tyneside, is which players to pick for the first team, and then who to leave out of the substitutes bench.
Davide Santon – giving Alan Pardew more selection problems
And Newcastle have such a good squad that there are some very very good players not making the game squad of 18 these days.
And this past week, Italian International whiz kid Davide Santon’s return to fitness from his knee injury, has given manager Alan Pardew even further difficulties, although Davide will be on the bench today at Wolves.
Santon played 90 minutes and showed some impressive form as he sped down the left wing repeatedly at Swansea on Wednesday night.
It looks like Davide will again lead the Italiain U21 side, for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Leichtenstein and Turkey in the upcoming two weeks.
This is what Assistant Manager John Carver told the local Newcastle press today about the terrific competition for places on Tyneside:
“Davide will be an extra addition, and it makes the job even harder,” “He’ll add to the competition, as will Mike Williamson when he comes back.”
“When you’re a manager, to have to manage the squad, and he’s been doing that very well.” “The manager can only pick 18 players.”
“I remember last year when I came to the club it was quite easy to pick the first XI, and we had five or six senior players on the bench and one or two kids, but the competition’s very healthy now.”
In the final games of last season, with all the injuries the squad had, Alan Pardew was forced to field some untried youngsters on the bench, and even in the first team.
But the bench these days is very strong indeed, and it’s proving Newcastle’s transfer window during the summer was probably a lot more successful than we realized at the time.
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