Davide Santon will have learned a lot bu the 120 minutes he got in the Newcastle first team at Blackburn last Wednesday night.
Davide Santon – pressing Danny Simpson at right back
It seems that the best chance of Davide getting in the side as a starter is at right back, and he is challenging Danny Simpson for that position.
Davide has a lot of experience playing at the top level as he appeared 53 times for Inter-Milan but Serie A is a lot different to the English Premier League and Santon found that out last week.
But Pardew thinks Davide will be a lot better for that game, as he tries to adjust to the rigours of a more physical league, but Davide in a top technical player, and we think he will learn quickly.
Alan Pardew talked about the Italian today with the local Newcastle press:
“There were a couple of set-plays that he was expecting to get.” “And in Italy he would have got them.”
“But he didn’t get them here and he stopped playing.” “He now understands he is not going to get those type of free-kicks.”
“When you get brushed in Serie A it is a free-kick but not in England.” “It is an awakening for him – the power of the Premier League.”
“I think he has experienced that.” “But technically when he’s got the ball he very rarely gives it away and is a very sound player.”
“He will add to our technical ability.” “It is technical players that take you up a level.” “He just has had to adjust to it.”
“I’ve already seen a different side to him in training and he has a bit more confidence in him already.”
As the good man manager Alan Pardew is, he sat down with the Italian 20 year-old after the Blackburn game to go over what happened in the game, and he certainly thinks it will be a big learning experience for the 7 times capped Italian International.
We don’t think Davide will start tonight, but he will be pressing for a starting full back position soon, you can bet on that.