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.