Newcastle Manager – Young Italian Is Not A One Trick Pony

Newcastle fans are pleased that Davide Santon has come through big time in the last couple of  Newcastle games.

Davide Santon – in action against Swansea

Based on his first two games in the PL, and given they are the first starts he has made,  his performances bode very well for the future of the 20 year-old Italian International on Tyneside.

Davide has settled down very quickly at Newcastle,  and he seems to just love it at the club.

The Italian International has spent the last three months getting acclimatized to English football, and he is now ready for a long run in the side, and we’d be surprised if Ryan Taylor gets his place back, when he’s fit again.

Pardew talked to the local press today about the 20 year-old phenom:

“He can go both ways.” “He can come inside, where he’s slightly strong, but he’ll go on the outside as well and deliver good quality with his left foot.”

“I don’t think he’s a one-trick pony.” “He’s got a lot of assets, and I’m hoping he has a big future at the club.”

“I thought both full-backs were terrific on Saturday.” “The two Swansea wide players had literally no contribution to the game.”

“Santon, in terms of our home fans seeing him for the first time, saw he’s a front-footed player. He wants to attack.”

“He linked well with Jonas – they had some nice combinations – and that really bodes well going forward.”

Ryan Taylor missed the game against Swansea with  a slight knock,  and he will probably be available for the game tomorrow night.

Ryan will have a late fitness test but we’d be surprised – make that shocked –  if Ryan replaces Santon tomorrow night against WBA.

Alan has always kept players in the side who have performed well, even if they have just come in as a replacement for an injured player, and Davide simply deserves to keep his place,  based on his performances.

The good news for Newcastle is that Santon linked up very well,  almost immediately,  with Jonas Gutierrez out on the left wing, and it promises to be as good a partnership as it ever was when Jose Enrique was at the club.

It will be interesting when Newcastle play at Anfield on December 30th, how left full-backs  Santon and Enrique match up,  and we wouldn’t’ be at all surprised if young Davide looks a very good player in that game.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1


    isn’t this the same as the last thread?

  • martoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we will have to remember that he is only 20 and will make mistakes so lets not crucify him if he does. As the saying goes “If you’re good enough then you’re old enough”!

  • niffnoff

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Ryan Taylor might be used again for midfield. That’s my best guess at where you could put him. He’s not a right back or left back for that matter. Pards must either wanna rest Santon otherwise to play Raylor

  • alex84

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Class act…potential star.

  • phillyg

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew is doing a great job in my eyes, he is building a successful team for the future. Alot of fans want to see Santon, Benarfa, obertan etc etc all thrown in at the deep end and set the matches on fire with dazzling skill and quality. We have rushed players in the past for example Collocini, it took him at least a full season before he looked anywhere near a top quality centre back. the french league is no where near as physical at the the Premiership and obertan didnt get much time at Manure so he is really like a fresh transfer from france. Cabaye has made the step look easy but that is because he oozes quality and could fit into any team or league in the world. The italian league is much slower than the prem and so Pardew has done the right thing in being patient with Santon. We could have easily rushed him and left him suffering with zero confidence and the fans against him. Pardew has obviously seen a definate adjustment in santons play in training to give him his chance. I think Ashley will support Pardew in the january and summer window by not allowing key players to go (unless liverpool wanna pay over the odds again). He is very clever, let the lover, smith go and again bring in some diamonds from the carr scoutinmg school of excellence. We still have marv to come back and with quality signings how great will we be next year with all our new players having a full premiership under there belt. Pardew here for long term future.

  • Devtoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    What do people think about this line up for tomorrow’s game:


    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon

    Ben Arfa Tiote Abeid Gutierrez



    Would love to see both Abeid and Vuckic get their chances and with his height, I think Vuckic would make a good foil for Ba making the link between Centre Mid and Ba which we seem to have lacked with Cabaye and Tiote both playing fairly deep.

  • london_mag

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    question still stands as to why he wasnt made use of sooner…… dodgy manager

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Great full back. 1 more right back and centre back and we will have a solid defence.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Santon has the ability to be even better than Enrique imo, only 20 years old and at Swans he looked so competent and really comfortable in his position. Didn’t look like his 2nd PL start at all. Really a great player, hard to see how we could buy any better for that price.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10


    if you post it on more than one thread do you think more people will believe it !!!

    actually not having a go, a lot of what you say makes sense, i just wish that pardew had a plan b when things weren’t working

  • phillyg

    Dec 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda, I only posted on this thread as subject is the same and more people likely to read newest thread than last 1. I think Ashley wants to be convinced in team, manager, staff bfore committing anymore money. Weve show that we can compete with the best but our paper thin squad needs bulking up and I am sure Carver and Pardew will be submitting their christmas list haha.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks a great tidy young player,comfortable on the ball.
    The team looks great,just a shame we may have to sell to the highest bidder for some of our best 🙁
    Graham Carr work your genius.
    Looking forward to the game now,hope Ben Arfa plays n makes a show of em.
    Surely he can be used in other positions,not just behind the striker?
    Ok,he may not protect the left or righ back if he is on the wing but oppositions won’t roam forward and leave him alone to counter either.
    AP,just sayin that you could try it out.

  • martoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Phillyg – you make some good points but what a lot of people worry about is MA undermining all his good work by selling players to make a quick buck. I think this transfer window will show us whether this the case or not (hopefully not). I am not an Ashley basher just expressing what a lot of posters on here worry about.

  • dmac

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Im a big big fan of Santon and to be honest couldnt quite believe it when we got him. Alot has been said about losing Caroll and selling players but we have bought in some top top quality and Pards has pushed forward the youngsters like Krul and Vuckic etc i really rate what he is doing. I agree at times he looks like he has no plan b, this needs development but im proud of plan a.

    It would have been easy to come in kept nolan etc but he has made a stand and has made a good team. He could have easily played Harps who has more experience (imo he is over the bridge now) but he trusted Krul all of these have been correct decisions.

  • dmac

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Should be over the hill, wtf is over the bridge lol.

  • BartZ

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #16

    @london mag – dodgy manager…? That’s the sign a good manager who realised not to throw him in at the deep end and instead break him in and wait until he sees fit to start in the first eleven. If he played from the start forgetting the injury and failed to play well then everyone would of be slating him for a dodgy signing. Too much negativity rather than praise for the manager clearly getting it right!

  • 2_goal_tino

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #17

    I know it’s very early and all, but does anyone else think Santon’s long term future could be as a winger? I was speaking with a mate of mine and we both think he has all the natural tendencies. He’s quick, got good feet, can go along the line or inside, and a good delivery. I suppose our judgement is based on the fact that from the Swansea game we saw a lot more of his attacking rather than defending. But he did play there for Milan sometimes.

    Either way I’m excited to have this guy at our club. He already looks a competent premier league player who could get in most teams outside of the top 6 but is still only 20 years old. In addition, he knows what he’s doing he’s so experienced for a guy of his age won a title, playerd in champions league, over 50 appearances for one of the biggest clubs in the world. All for 5 million! He’s a good player but he has the potential to be superb!

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Santon seems like a good lad and a good pro. He hasn’t moaned once about not getting his chance earlier in the season…
    although i agree Pardew doesn’t seem to have much of a Plan B… and it can be quite frustrating to watch him on the sidelines with his arms folded procrasternating over major decisions at crucial points during the game.
    Pardew does seem to have all his players on his side and has juggled the squad reasonably well and they all seem to respect him and his management style….
    However it remains to be seen how he gets on with HBA over the Xmas period….If he doesn’t see much in the way of game time and starts to rock the boat, Pardew will need all his Cockney Bullsh*tting skills to deal with the situation.

  • phillyg

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    I know MA still has a lot to do to fullfill our trams potential n to make the fans feel as though je is helpin the club progress in the right way. Santon is the type of player we want, modest, hardworking and committed to the cause. Pardew, carver n carr are doing a great job imo to develop a great team for next 2-5 years. Hba will get his chance, would like to see him play alongside cabaye in CAM role both jus behind ba. That would be excellent as tioe would be hus usual rock allowing cabaye and tiote becomin the 2nd and 3rd strikers going forward.

  • london_mag

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #20


  • london_mag

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #21

    replace cabaye with vukic

  • london_mag

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #22

    thats ben arfa and guitierrez’s real positioin

  • phillyg

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye n hba to move forawrd up pitch – my thumbs are to fat for my phone haha.

  • Rocknstrolla

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @londonmag-completely agree with you Pard is very dodgy. Lets be honest, Krul only got the initial look in cos of Harper injury. Santon was kept out by the might Raylor who is championship standard-and don’t all rush to his defense because he got merked when he played vs top teams and only did well vs lennon bcos Jonas basically played LB aswell. Now we just need Shola to get injured and maybe Ben Arfa can get a look in!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    i think the lad should have been thrown in a long time ago, and then taylor should have been moved to RB,

    im still not sure about APs tactics when its not going his way, he seems to leave it late to bring ppl on normally 15 mins or less,

    he sticks with players who are not playing well, and how strolla got a new contract is way beyond me,

  • Klatoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Just think how much more impressive he’d be at RB,not saying Simmo should be dropped but Santon on the right would allow him to go on the outside in that Bale-esque style of his instead of cutting infield onto his right foot as he does at LB.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Santon as Simmo were as good as anyone against the Swans, their wingers had frustrating games.
    Since it being a 0-0 result, it felt very much like the immovable object meeting the unstoppable force.
    What a frustrating game, lots of positives tho.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Santon looks like a world class player whos going to get better and better!! Dont think Raylor will take simmos place hes looked class vs swansea also wats with all the pardew bashing at the moment?? Last i checked its still december we havent sold any1 and were in the top half of the table????

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    @london mag look back to when we signed ben arfa mate in all his interviews he stated he came for a new challenge to play the no: 10 role he left OM because he felt his talents were bieng wasted and didnt like playing on the wing in other words he signed for us so he didnt have the play on the funking wing anymore rhis was all said wen we signed him so y are people gettin on at pards about not playin a temptemental player in a position he hates???

  • toon18

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Santon right back and Cissokho at left back. That would be ridiculously good!!

  • drongo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Fellas – lest we forget – Santon was up against Routledge – and we all know how pony he can be. He made any number of left backs look superb when he played for us.

    Santon will steadily develop into a very good attacking FB – but lets not hail him as a world beater now – then throw him to the wolves the first time a lennon / bale / nani go around him.

  • Toon_Jock

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Lads, vote here for Demba Ba – Best Premier League Player of the calendar year 2011!!

    Currently 5th out of 10 players with 4.3% – lets get him up the ladder…,19911,12782_308666,00.html


  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Santon will prove to be a superb acquisition. He seems to do everything with ease, a very elegant player, unflustered and confident in his own ability.

    I agree with Toon18, Cissokho at LB, Santon on RB would be phenomenal.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    I think ben arfa has a point, it’s not like barca make messi play on the wing. Not saying ben arfa is messi like !

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Santon has been very promising from what we have seen of him so far. Definitely has skill on the ball and sees the pitch well. Much more thoughtful and composed compared with Raylor. No offense to Raylor but just not good enough to be in our starting 11 if we have any ambition at all. He has occassional good set pieces and a long throw. If only we could give his shot to Obertan! Surely we will see a much better squad next season with Smith and Peter gone, a new right winger to compete with Obertan, another striker, a new, solid centre back and nobody sold? We would never sell one of our up and coming young players or an expensive but brilliant centre back would we?

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36

    ” Unfortunately Maiga had an undisclosed injury and our doctors recommended we not buy him. We have our eye on several promising young strikers but January is not the time to buy. We have brought Bassong in on a loan to cover for the loss of Steve Taylor. We have every confidence in our squad and our manager and he has been given the resources to bring us a top 6 finish. We found the offer of 25 million for Tiote just too good to pass up. All of the money earned from his sale will be spent strengthening the squad or improving the tea lady’s benefits package. Honest, we never lie.”
    Derek Llambias, Feb. 2012.

  • 2_goal_tino

    Dec 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #37

    @35 – Regarding set-pieces- i was disappointed with Cabaye’s corners and free-kicks at the weekend – not up to his usual standard. I saw Santon took corners at Milan maybe he’ll take them tomorrow.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Latest comments from Alan Pardew ” There has been no bustup with Hatem Ben Arfa. He is a brilliant player and an exceptional talent. We decided that our starting 11 was so brilliant and our squad was so deep with exceptional talents that his best position against Norwich and Swansea was on the bench. This allows him to provide the creativity we required to play 2 brilliant games and earn a grand total of 1 point. This should be completely obvious to anyone who follows Newcastle United. I have nothing further to say on this matter. My tactical genious speaks for itself.”

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #39

    How many people would rather have Raylor at RB than Simpson? I don’t think Raylor is anywhere near as good as Simpson, but everyone has their opinions.

    And why does everyone hate Pardew all of a sudden? A little fickle isn’t it… :/

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #40

    @TDS been like this since the swansea game a couple of bad results and suddenly weve sold all our players and pardew should be sacked!! Unbelievable on here sometimes


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