Davide Santon Loving Life At Newcastle – I Can Play Much Better

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • ned

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    He will have to ! Lazy and lacking team ethic of the rest at Blackburn.The new Pistone?

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Jose had a poor first season with us, i am sure Santon will come good, hes young and has bags of pottential!

  • Klatoon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Its easy to forget he’s only 20 and has just moved to one of the hardest leagues to adjust to.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Christ your a positive on aren’t you. Where u even at the game? Did u see him play? Santon was involved all night, especially goong forward. The lads 20. Did u expect Maldini or Cannavaro?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5


    Did you not notice? Since we lost one game in the Carling Cup – DESPITE the team showing incredible character and togetherness – loads of fans are already coming out with the old

    “We always lose to the small teams” , “Pardew’s just not good enough” , blah blah blah blah blah.


    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Its time to admit it lads come January we need to sell Santon and HBA. Neither have lived up to expectations so time to get rid. They are only holding us back 😀

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    wwjbd > i hope that is sarcasm dude Lp

  • sephir0

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    for god sake give the guy a chance! he’s played a full 90 minutes and people are on his back already, lets forget he’s only a young un, just moved away from everything he’s ever known and is trying to adjust himself to our style of play.

    it annoys me so much seeing all the moaners on here, always trying to find something/someone to pick holes in, if u put as much effort into supporting our lads u might find ull enjoy it more!

  • ross armstrong

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    ned you absolute p rick!! judging a lad 20 yr old thats been out injured and you expect him to come in and do wonderful!! people like you expect far to much from newcastle and the players and you just like a good moan!! what will you be saying if santon becomes amazing?? praise him and call sum1 else that isnt playing well?? be a supporter and get behind the team than having a go at the players!!!


    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    People on his back? Its one person!

  • geoff777

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    If you read the comments posted during the games a lot of fans are pathetic.

    Especially as the Blackburn match was radio commentary!

    I wonder how many of them can call themselves supporters.

  • sephir0

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    @ AMEOBI

    so u think he would be the only person to judge our players after playing a game and not living up to expectations? do you read the blog much mate? lol 🙂


    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Dunno mate that Santon kid has had 130minutes of first team football now…..its time to judge him haha

    As for that HBA kid chirst he looks like he hasen’t played a game of competitive football in over a year!

    Both out the door for me like! 😉

  • wynsleap

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree that Santon and Ben Arfa too have to be persevered with as I’m sure they’ll come good, but this is the problem with buying players with high potential.
    If, every season, you have to wait the NEXT season for two or three players in the team to hit their best, the current team in the PRESENT will never be strong.
    That’s why buying top players at their peak gives no such no problems and why Man City, for example, are doing so well.
    Of course I realise we don’t have their financial capabilities so we’ll just have to put up with it. That’s the Premiership today.
    ToonDownSouth @ 5. Yes we DO lose consistently to the small teams and have done since I started supporting the Toon in the Sixties. It’s a sad fact of life.

  • TS -77

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon has played about 120 minutes in a new league and country.

    Ben Arfa has about 200 – 250 minutes of English fotball so just get of their backs! Jesus, booth still young and will improve our team once they get some more playing time..

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    wynsleap > agreed mate, however in the past, when we have bought these types of players with “huge pottential” they used to cost us a bomb in fee and wages, our new crop of STARS are young, receive a decent wage but not cripling for our finances and have massive pottential ….. as long as other clubs keep their gruby mits off!

  • toonincheek

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    It does seem, all too often, that ‘star’ players who have made it and sign a major contract for big money too often seem to lose their motivation. After all, they can collect their huge salary even on the bench.
    Not all, of course, but too many.

    Club policy is to go for top youngsters who don’t cost as much and, as they have something to prove (and looking for their own major contract sometime in the future) concentrate on giving 100%.

    Sound policy, I say.
    We’ve had enough experience of ‘top’ players on major contracts who haven’t given 100% or lived up to their reputations.

  • ontariomag

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Go to say cant beleive some of the doommongers we have on here. I havent felt this excited about a toon team since SBR. Great team, great start innot just PL but reserves and academy teams are flying high. Some excellent potential to come through even if only 60% of the current crop make it we will still have an excellent side. The only unnerving thing is we wont be able to compete with the major money as our players realise there full potential and get robbed by Abu dhabi city or the bindippers. A win against Stoke will be massive as not many teams will get points there

  • ned

    Oct 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Ross Armstrong: If you were at the game on Wed night you must have been watching through your beer goggles.Having supported this team home and away since 1972 I never do anything other than support my team unlike the vast majority of morons who constantly moan and shout abuse at various players.However this is a discussion forum and it certainly started a discussion with you sad lad.My hope for Santon is that in time, as with Colo he discovers what is what because in my humble opinion his display the other night was woeful and very similar to that of his fellow Italian.I also fear for HBA.He has had a proper injury and as yet has shown very little .He needs time but I worry that his pace/first 5 yards will be never be the same.When you want to discuss football with the big boys try to formulate a cogent arguement without resorting to bad language.Back to school on Monday little boy.


    Oct 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Until wednesday evening we were unbeaten in league and cup so far this season!!

    I was,nt at the game but listened to it on the radio!
    We did well to fight back and might of won the game by the end!

    It says a hell of a lot about the fickleness of you lot when after marginally losing one game!
    Its back to the old doom-day scenario with you all?

    Lets sell this player and that and what a bad game this lad had! ” Utter Tosh!”

    We are still unbeaten in the league you plonkers!
    If we were doing so badly then why are three of the so-called top clubs sniffing around our players!
    You should be all getting behind the lads and supporting them and not moaning everytime something goes wrong!

    Collo will be signing an extended contract soon, hopefully before the window opens!
    Santon will come good, of that i am sure!
    As for HBA, your right he looks like he has,nt played for a while! But then , heh! He was out for more than a year with a double leg break for gods sake!

    Sometimes some of you lot are beyond belief!!!!!


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