Santon Settling Down Well On Tyneside

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • petesull

    Oct 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1


  • kilcline

    Oct 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope he starts, we need to keep players fresh.

  • petesull

    Oct 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    santon left and ryan right with jonas switchin to play infront of ryan still and marv to come in for obertan…….he has pace but dats all at d mo……. wat has he done since he arrived…..marvo looks a class act and him and santon on d left has serious potential

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    petesull, which Caribbean island do you come from?

  • petesull

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    why u ask

  • likeajediknight

    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    looks a class player just need him to settle in, people have been calling for his debut for ages now and it seems nonsensical. start him on wednesday and see how he gets on, tavernier looks like a bright prospect too so give him cup matchs when hes back too. theres no rush to start santon against wigan as theyre great on the counter i think. last thing we need is santon by their penalty area when crusat and moses are bolting at your defence…although simpson is obviously having a tough time at the moment. HBA, Marv and guthrie to come on as subs for Best, Obertan and Cabaye today!!


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