Davide Santon will be a lot better for playing the 90 minutes and extra time on Wednesday night, at Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup.
Davide Santon – I can play much better
It’s starting to sink in a bit that Newcastle lost a good chance to progress in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, and a possible route to European competition next season has now closed.
Santon had a decent game, but he will need time to adjust to the fast pace of English football, and we expect Ryan Taylor to resume at left-back on Monday night at Stoke City, which will be another very tough game for the Magpies.
Davide is still trying to get to grips with the English language, but he seems to have learned from his experience at Blackburn, but the side is obviously disappointed they went out of the cup, and suffered their first defeat of the season.
This is what David told the local press, through an interpreter:
“We hoped to get into Europe through the League Cup but now we must look to the league for that.” “We need to aim for a top-four spot, our squad can do that.”
“But we have a lot of very, very big games coming up and we need to put all of our efforts into doing that now.”
“We lost Wednesday’s game but we’re in a good place in the league – that is where we are concentrating now. We need to keep going and carry on winning.”
“It was a horrible, horrible way to lose and go out. The goal at the end finished us off – it was heartbreaking,” “It was an incredible game on Wednesday.”
“I thought we were going to lose and then we pulled ourselves together and managed to get two goals – we managed to get one back in extra time too.”
“The most important thing now is that we show our fighting spirit and come back strong from the defeat.” “It was my first full game. We lost but there is a spirit in the squad that is fantastic.”
“We need to pick ourselves up and make sure that we win at Stoke.” “I feel I know something about English football now after playing in that match,” “The fans were incredible, it was an interesting game that was very fast-paced.”
“English football is like this, it is why I wanted to come here. It was a bad first half for the team, although the second half and extra time was much, much better.”
Santon will need time, but he showed on Wednesday night what a good player he can become for Newcastle.
And remember that Jose Enrique took time to settle in his first season, when he first arrived from Villareal in the summer of 2007, and Jose is now a much improved player in the Premier League.
Things will become a lot easier for Davide once he learns the language a bit more, but he is not yet able to conduct an interview in English.
But Davide seems to love things at the Newcastle club as he continued:
“As for me? There is much more to come.” “It went OK but I can play much better.” “I am loving being at Newcastle.”
“Everyone is fantastic, the people are incredible,” “Now I must learn to speak English as quickly as possible!”
We saw criticism of the youngster in the comments of the game on Wednesday night, but we’ll all have to be patient, and David needs to get used to the extra pace and physical nature of the English Premier League..
This lad is a good player, and he needs time on Tyneside, to become an excellent player for Newcastle.