Davide Santon had another decent game for Newcastle on Sunday against Aston Villa, and he moved forward well down the left wing, and defended well too.
Davide Santon – coming along well at left back
Davide has been introduced slowly and well into English football by manager Alan Pardew, but the lad still has 13 appearances for the side, and he seems to be nailing down that left back spot.
And the 7 times capped Italian International, who only turned 21 last month, pushes forward at every opportunity and is a very good technical player, as Newcastle will have seen with his excellent control while on the ball.
Davide has the difficult task of replacing Jose Enrique, and of course Spanish-speaking Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez had a good understanding when they played at Newcastle over the last three full seasons.
But we think that Newcastle could move in the summer to bring in a left footed left-back, and if that’s the case it could be that Davide moves over to the right back position, because he prefers his right foot, although he’s okay with his left foot too.
Jonas Gutierrez talked today about his new partner on the left hand side of the field:
“He loves to get forward. He sometimes has to know the moment to go and the moment to stay back,” “But he is young, he will learn that. Sometimes he can go, sometimes he should stay.”
“He’s so young, has too much energy and maybe he just wants to show what he can do.” “For me, that is incredible. With an offensive player you just have to give him the ball and he will do the rest.”
“He has amazing ability.” “I don’t mind sharing the defensive responsibilities with him. I like helping him,” “I am finding it good. He’s an offensive player as well – like me. When we have to defend we try and hold it all together.”
“But I think he’s a really, really good player.” “He is only really, young. The Premier League is very tough – it takes a long time for you to get ready for it. But he has made a very good start.”
Davide has only recently broken into the starting eleven, and it’s been at the expense of Ryan Taylor who played at left-back for the first part of the season, and did well there.
Ryan has also played at central midfield and at right-back, and on Sunday he started out on the right wing until he was carried off on a stretcher after Demba Ba’s goal, but it seems there is not real damage to his right ankle, other than soft tissue damage, but it appears the ligaments are okay – and that’s good news.
But we don’t think Ryan will be risked in the squad at Tottenham on Saturday, especially when the next game at home to Wolves is a couple of weeks after that.
Davide Santon is starting to look the part at Newcastle, and we have to remember the lad is still very young, but he is learning his trade in the best league in the world, and we think he’s shaping up very well indeed.
It will be interesting to see if he can make the Italian squad for this summer’s 2012 European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine – we’d love to see him starting for Italy in the summer.