Davide Santon will be a lot better for the 120 minutes he played for Newcastle on Wednesday night, as the Magpies were beaten 4-3 after extra time, in their first defeat of the season.
Davide Santon – will learn quickly on Tyneside
But our lads still put in a gallant and fighting display on the night, and we were proud of them.
And don’t forget they almost brought off a wonder win, after being 2-0 down with just three minutes of injury time to play.
Davide Santon, our Italian International full-back, is obviously a gifted player with lots of technical skill like most Italians, and he showed glimpses of that on Wednesday night.
But it was also clear he needs to adjust to the pace of the English Premier League, and the much faster pace of English football than he’s used to.
Davide is anxious to do well on Tyneside, and manager Alan Pardew said the 20 year-old had been nervous before the game:
“It was a big game for Santon. I thought he was nervous beforehand and he understands now that it’s a different game.”
“A couple of times he thought he was going to get a free-kick when he got brushed aside, he stopped playing, and it caused us a problem at the time. Those little things he’ll learn.”
“But he was brilliant with the ball. He’s going to be a real asset to us technically and you’re only going to win trophies with good, technical players. He’s one of them.”
“It’s hard to come into a team that are performing as well as us and play to that level but they’ll certainly be more viable now they’ve had that game.”
Davide nearly put the defense in trouble a couple of times on Wednesday evening, when he stopped playing after he thought he had been fouled, but he will learn quickly to play on through these rough tackles, which are generally allowed in the English game.
We saw some criticism of the boy after Wednesday night’s game, but the lad is only 20, he’s in a new country, doesn’t yet speak the language, and so what he needs more than anything right now is support, more than anything else.
He’s not a superman – well not yet anyway. 😀
But Alan Pardew has proved he can quickly gain the respect of many different types of players, and that’s because of his knowledge of the game, his excellent man management skills, and he doesn’t lack any self confidence either.
All those characteristics that Alan has shown on Tyneside, are proving us dead wrong in our initial assessment of him, when he was appointed the Newcastle manager last December.
Quite simply, we thought Alan was a hopeless choice as manager, but he’s proving to be an excellent manager for the club in many ways, and he was almost born to manage a big club like Newcastle, with their terrific and fanatical fans.
Long may Alan continue to be successful at Newcastle, and we’re pleased we were wrong, once again.
And there’s no doubt in our minds that he will make Davide Santon into an excellent Premier League class full-back, and sooner rather than later.