Newcastle started the season in great form and were unbeaten in their first 11 game of the season, which equalled a Newcastle record.
Davide Santon – has looked good in last few games
But then we went into a bit of a slump with six games without a win, although in three of those games we were up against both Manchester clubs, away from home, and Chelsea at home.
And we lost two games we normally should have been able to win, when we went down 4-2 at Norwich City and then 3-2 at home to West Brom, conceding seven goals in the process.
And we were also hit by injuries to Steven Taylor – who is now out for the season with his Achilles – and Fab Coloccini missed the game at Norwich too.
But Newcastle have come storming back with three wins in their last four games, and have three clean sheets in their last six games, so there’s a lot that Alan Pardew can be pleased about.
The back four now has both 6′ 4″ Mike Williamson and Italian International Davide Santon in it, and both have been in excellent form of late.
In particular, Davide has looked great, and this lad could become a great player for Newcastle United, a team he was delighted to join and from Inter Milan too.
We’re starting to understand a little why Jose Mourinho compared him to the all time great Italian defender Paulo Maldini, who played an amazing 902 times for AC Milan with 33 goals.
Davide, who started his career as a right winger, has still got a lot to learn, but he’s in good hands with Alan Pardew, who has brought him along very carefully this season.
Alan had this praise for lad who turned 21 on the 2nd of January:
“You have to remember he was up against outstanding players in the Manchester United game, and not only did he win that particular battle, but his use of the ball was excellent.”
“He can play both sides and he gives us a massive weaponry. But at the moment, left-back, he looks like he has probably got the nod.”
Left-back was an open position at the start of the season at Newcastle, with Jose Enrique having opted to move to a bigger club (oh yeah!) when he joined Liverpool in the summer.
Liverpool are just one point ahead of Newcastle at the moment in the Premier League table, and it’s an open question as to which club will be higher in the league at the end of the season.
You will notice our confidence building about our team. 😀
Ryan Taylor played well at left-back but it seems that Davide will now get an extended run in the side, and he’s looked very good in the last couple of games.
And central defender Mike Williamson – who was signed for the bargain price of £1M from Portsmouth two years ago, has come back from his ankle injury at a good time, and has slotted in nicely at the back, alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Of course Mike and Fab were the first choice center-backs last season, and have played together for quite a while now.
Mike looked great in the home game against the Red Devils last week, when we annihilated the PL Champions 3-0, and the defense has looked fairly solid recently.
Pardew had this compliment for Mike today:
“We have had two clean sheets from Mike in four games, and that’s fantastic.
“It just goes to show how he has conditioned himself in that time off. He can be very proud of himself.”
We’d love to see the new back four of Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini and Santon get an extended run as the defense in front of quality goalkeeper Tim Krul.
We think the more clean sheets we can get the better it will be, and we’d love to have another unbeaten run and climb the league table again.
Newcastle still have a very good chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season, if we can produce some decent results in our final 18 league games of the season.
And we’ll not even mention we could even win the FA Cup.
No, we better not mention that.
Howay The Lads!!