Davide Santon Giving Pardew Even More Headaches – Good


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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    The day starts well 😀

    @NUFCOfficial
    Newcastle United FC
    Full-time: Newcastle U18s 4 (McGorrigan, Hoganson, Hooper, Campbell) Sunderland U18s 0

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t wait to see his debut ! 1 pt is happy enough for me, 3 point is marvelous. Hopefully we can do our football today. HWTL !

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  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    We have a Better Squad than Last Season But We have To bear in mind so farr injurys are very few and yellow cards leading up to bans are few also but lets wait until december and see how we go . The bench is very strong so the first team squad have to look right over there shoulder as the likes of Sammy A and Haris V and Young Shane Ferguson are banging on the doors !!! Another 3 Points today and were Cooking on Gas Again !!!

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Are you lads watching the Wallet Snatcher derby? Everton are really taking the game to Liverpool and have had two very good chances (Cahill and Saha respectively).

    Hope it finishes a draw though!

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Rodwell with a red. Oh dear.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    If Liverfool can’t bring it home now, with Everton with a man down after 25 mins, then i predict a victory for us when we face em.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    So weird seeing Enrique in red…

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Cahill with a yellow, man, Everton has to watch out now…
    Btw, the Rodwell sending off, biggest ref mistake so far this season, and may stay that way until the end imo…

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    One of the worst refereeing decisions, I have ever seen. Shocking, how inept refs are.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Did anyone think this ref is sht? Sent rodwell off cos of a cheat? Suarez is shocking!!!

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Agreed Dannyo. It was a great tackle, no venom in it whatsoever.

    The Cahill challenge, imo, was worse than Rodwell’s and Adam got straight up and shook the lads hand!

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ameobi: It’s Martin Atkinson mate – remember Citeh away last year?

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Everton lying deeeeeeep now. 8 players defending crosses from Liverpool, lol.
    Seems to be half a pitch tho, and thats Evertons half.

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    suarezz a cheat.
    Everton must win

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    hope santon plays

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Ah thump, cheers mate.

    More hate on Liverpool can’t stand it!!!

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    They’re playing long ball too. Defence to attack, back to defence.

    The red card has really taken the pace out of Everton.

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Atkinson has to have money on Liverpool. This is disgraceful refereeing.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    And Andy Carroll is a rock of a striker, meaning he stands motionless ALL THE TIME!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    This is a match fix.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah Thump, I’d love an Everton win 😀 just to get kenny out!

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    LMAO this referee……. Sack him

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    And now he gives a penalty to Liverpool for another “foul” on Suarez… I hate this ref.

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Ah fair enough. Seeing the replay yeah, it was a penalty.

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Saved!

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Yes howard!!!

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  • spitfire_

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Pool are disgrace… Artin Matkinson is even bigger…

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Penalty to Liverpool. Think u’re spot on Thump.
    Ref has money on Liverpool. It was a Pen tho, and Howard SAVES IT!!
    Bloody hell.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on The Toffees! Stick it to them! 😆

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone watching soccer saturday know if they have talked about the toon yet ?

    btw mint game this scouse derby like

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Howard is an amazing keeper like. I have an American friend who supports Fulham and loves the world cup just because he has Howard, Dempsey and Lando in the line up lol

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  • cheikmate

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    really hope liverpool and spurs draw this week, that 4th spots ours.

    “we shall not, we shall not be moved”

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Adam off the bar… bloody hell.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #35

    This ref is making decisions at random. He’s demonstrated in one half, why fans and players have zero respect for them – clueless!

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  • spitfire_

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Now it’s time for second red and second penalty… Let’s pushed Loserfool in top 4.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #37

    They look at players, the bigger the players the more biast referee’s are imo

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    AMEOBI

    That’s giving them too much credit, that would mean they have a method.

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  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    He does have a method, MMBP – piss off the fans and FA as much as possible.

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Milking mikes, they should treat all players the same. Just because suarez is a big named player doesn’t mean when he goes down its a faul every time. But saying that its probs just this shocking referee 😉

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