There is chance that Davide Santon will start today for Newcastle in their home game against Wigan Athletic.
Davide Santon – settling down well
And while we thought there was a very good chance earlier in the week of that, we have a feeling Alan Pardew will again field an unchanged side, because on Wednesday there is the Carling Cup at Blackburn, and players will be given their starting chance in that game.
Davide doesn’t speak much English, and it’s a new country for him, so there have been a lot of changes for the lad since he signed for Newcastle from Inter-Milan in late August.
But we found out earlier in the week that his parents have already returned to their home in Northern Italy, and that’s a good gauge of how well Davide has slotted into things at Newcastle.
Davide was signed to fill in at left back for the departed Jose Enrique, but Ryan Taylor has done so well in that position, he has kept his place and indeed if Davide comes in today, we think it could be at right back in place of Danny Simpson.
It seems that Davide is learning English quickly too, as he can even understand what Alan is saying when the manager shouts at him in training.
This is what Alan said to the local press today:
“I don’t think it has been a bad thing for Davide to be injured because he doesn’t speak the language and it has been a big change for him,” “He has had a little bit of time to settle because the results have been good.”
“It’s a new country and a new culture for him. We see a really good technical player and he is getting used to things. “
“He even understood what I shouted at him in training on Thursday!”
If it doesn’t happen today, we think Santon will make his first team starting debut on Wednesday night, and then depending on how he plays, and how the rest of the fringe players do in the Carling Cup, that will decide what the starting team is at Stoke on the following Monday evening.
That will be a rather tough game, and we lost 4-0 in the same fixture last season.
What we’ve seen of Davide, he can become an outstanding player for Newcastle.