Davide Santon Pressing For Starting Position At Newcastle


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.

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28 comments so far

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Least he’s trying hard, unlike a certain Gangster we all know and hate!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Oct 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Even though stoke are a srong physical team they have two tricky wingers in Etherington and Pennant. I think Pardew will stick with Taylor and Simpson.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope he starts tonight at left back, Raylor right back. Reckon we should play a 5 man midfield with Ba up front. It doesn’t matter if it’s not the most exciting attacking display of the season, if we can kill them in midfield and restrict their chances we could grab all three points with a goal or two. As I’ve said, a draw would be a good result, a win would be fantastic.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 31, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    he will start tonight im 100% sure

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  • niafron

    Oct 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Left or right?

    It seem, the fergie’s paln B is forgotten, so maybe he train to play on the left, but it also a question of timing.

    The winter market is in two months now, and a LB seem to be a priority target.
    So maybe better prepare Santon to play on the right.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    he wont play tomight, the only chnages from the last league game will be those inforced by injuries

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  • toonashwin

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    GeordieToon89
    did pardew told you ?
    jst kidding , would love to see this lad

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Will be a very tough game at Stoke. Will be at our best to get anything out of it. Prediction Stoke 2 – 0 Newcastle. =(

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we need to match Stoke’s physical approach first and bring on Ben Arfa and Santon for a bit of magic, late on the game, if we need to.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Niafron makes a point but I still say Santon at LB. Raylor and Simmo can both play RB, as can Santon but the weakness is on the left. No disrespect to Raylor, he’s done a great job out of position all season but he has been caught out at times and I think Pulis the tactical mastermind will target him as a chink in the armour. I feel he’ll be a lot more comfortabe at RB and will be called upon for his trademark free kicks. We nee to target a CB in January, given our transfer policy I don’t think a LB, CB and striker is doable.

    Stoke isn’t the ideal game for HBA but with a 5 man midfield he ould tuck in behind Ba and give us some attacking options with Tiote and Guthrie behind him. I’d stick with Obertan on the right as his pace could be a big part of our sucess tonight, especially on the break as Stoke might have a lot of the ball. Granted his end product needs to improve so if he’s not doing the business we could take him off for Marveaux. I’d carry on with Jonas on the left for much the same reason, his pace and dribbling creates good chances offensively.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    just in on sky sports news nile ranger been arrested again for being drunk and disorderly in public.

    Thats his last chance for me done get rid of him, should never wear the shirt again

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Playn fifa 12. Score is stoke 1-5 new 2nd half n taylor getn red n 78min

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13
  • JAMSHA

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Oops n nw cabaye injurd lol

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  • magicmac

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I have no doubt that alan pardew will stick with the team that has done so well in the league, if everyone is fit he will pick the same team that started out last league match against blackburn, as the old saying goes, if its not broke dont fix it, why would any manager even think about changing a winning team, marveaux, and ben arfa, had thier chance against blackburn last week, and didnt really perform, and as the defence has played really well so far, why would alan pardew drop danny simpson or ryan talyor, to play david santon, so i fully expect Newcastle to stick with the tried and trusted team for tonight.

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  • Alinufc

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Nile ranger been arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour the night B4 a f%$%#%g match… god forbid ba and aneobi both get injured he’d probs be at least on the bench… whats he doing out!!! Gotta let him go is making a mockery of us!!!!

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Santons best chance of getting on the pitch is taking out Danny Simpson? Sorry Ed dont know where you are getting that from

    Santon was brought in to replace Jose not Simpson. Raylor is a crap defender, yes he has done a decent job but Guti and Colo have carried him in every match. He doesnt know where to run in order to link up with Guti and he is never in position.

    I mean are we really considering Raylor as a El Toro replacement long term?

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh and anyone want to tell me that Ranger deserves another chance? Get shot

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  • boater

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Is best fit tonight anyone? Sorry to say I don’t mind if he misses out.. arfa is the longterm solution. Best still looks behind the beat to me.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #20

    @ boater

    I think Best is out tonight.

    @ magicmac

    Yeah I see your point, the old ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’ rule, but different games require different tactics and you can’t play the same 11 every week against every team. Also there’s no point in waiting for us to lose to play someone with such potential as Santon, he was bought to replace Enrique after all.

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  • jakesome

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #22

    @14 are you crazy i know your talking about fifa but you cant post comments like that youll give people heart attacks

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Jamsha, you play Ultimate team? And xbox?

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  • niffnoff

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Pulis will put a half team on tonight, think about it. Today – Nufc
    Thursday – UEFA
    Sunday – Bolton

    He’s got congestion really

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS
    Not for Nile haha

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  • magicmac

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Time to get rid of ranger, he is simply never going to change, he has had more than enough chances from Newcastle, he is simply a dickhead, he has no respect for our great club, and no respect for himself, we let joey barton go for nothing, whice i didnt agree with, so its well past the time we showed him the door, enough is enough, he is trouble.

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Ameobi na man. I play on pc 🙂 + I use my 4n as a modem I hav no net on pc.

    Any1 know da controls to do finishng celebration. Every time I press da correct key it doesnt work

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 1, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Start Santon against Everton!

    Sell Ranger to the highest bidder!

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