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Davide Santon Coming Along Well On Tyneside

9:32 am, Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Davide Santon · Jonas Gutierrez · Newcastle News

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosted Pork // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM


  • 2 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    class act

  • 3 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    You know I think Santon would make a fantastic midfielder or winger. Did you see him in the Villa game when he cam in field from the left. He is so good on the ball going forward, calm and composed.

    I’m not saying he should be moved, as we need to develop a good LB. But if we did get a good LB, he could play on either wing, or even in midfield. Would be another versatile player to fill in for injuries.

  • 4 Dannyo // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    To be so young and adapt so fast, he’ll be a much better player than Enrique, and i’d be surprised if he’s not a regular international once again within 1-2 years.
    Even faster if we reach Europe.

  • 5 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    What is really reassuring is he hasn’t had any more fluid on the knee problems, I thought he was a crock but his injuries seem to have settled down.

  • 6 Rosted Pork // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    ahhhh i won

    team against spurs



    jonas————–danny boy————–fergi—-


    ———-PAPA DEMBA——–BA——————–

  • 7 cyprus // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I disagree with some comments above. In fact, HBA should be used with technical Spurs-style teams, in order to match the likes of Modric in MF. On AP comments, yes of course he deserves a heap of praise, although I must say I haven’t seen a tactical master stroke yet from him. e.g. bringing on Cisse, well his hand was forced there. I honestly don’t understand what he has against HBA. Am I convinced with AP? Not yet. Sometimes players win despite the coach, not because of him.

  • 8 // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Davide Santon is world class one day he will definitly be number one left back for Italy

  • 9 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    To come in and replace Jose wasn’t easy for the lad, but he’s stood up to the task and has been brilliant for us

  • 10 Therapyman // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Santon is a much better player than Enrique who I always thought was a bit over rated.

    Santon is a modern defender who can use his speed in the attacking game… we need a player who can get the ball into the box for our left side.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM


    Imagine Spurs saying, we shouldn’t use Modric in MF against the technical NUFC-style (hence HBA) teams.

    Why are we bending over backward for Spurs and the likes of them? It’s a growing attitude on here that I don’t understand.

  • 12 cyprus // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    It’s interesting that 99% of team selections here do feature HBA. AP, read it! 🙂

  • 13 roshan MAGPIE // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    what did you won ROSTED pork

  • 14 cyprus // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Sorry Jesperfuglsang, didn’t understand your point. Please clarify.

  • 15 Rosted Pork // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    look at the 1st comment lol. got hea 1st

  • 16 Rosted Pork // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    by da way the match is on espn at 10.55pm

  • 17 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    🙂 lol

    Sorry Cyprus…I need a bigger smartphone.

    I thought you said shouldn’t play HBA 🙂 my bad mate.

  • 18 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Hi Rosted,

    i knew abt the match

  • 19 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Cyprus I’m with you mate 😉

  • 20 roshan MAGPIE // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    IS it live or delayed telecast ROSTED

  • 21 cyprus // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I thought we were agreeing. Have a good day all, bye 🙂

  • 22 roshan MAGPIE // Feb 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

  • 23 voodoo85 // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    team for spurs:


    would have Jonas on the right to help track back against Bale otherwise it will be Bale vs Simmo and don fancy danny’s chances

  • 24 Rosted Pork // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    its live game indian

  • 25 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Can anyone actually believe how good and young our squad is…

    Krul 23

    Collo 30
    Willo 28
    Saylor 26
    Simmo 25
    Santon 21 (just turned)
    Ferguson 20

    Jonas 28
    Raylor 27
    Marveaux 25
    Obertan 22
    Arfa 24
    Sammy 19

    Tiote 25
    Cabaye 26 (Just turned)
    Guthrie 24
    Perch 26
    Gosling 22 (Just turned)
    Vuckic 19
    Abied 19

    Ba 26
    Cisse 26
    Best 25
    Ameobi 30

    The average age of the above squad is 24.

  • 26 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    The age of players also highlight how much we need a quality young up coming CB and Striker.

  • 27 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Spuggy – With that average age it gets better when we are linked with the likes of Zaha and Clyne, plus we have the likes of Tavernier and Streete who will step up to the first team squad in the next 12 to 18 months

  • 28 oo aa demba ba // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM


    having Santon who regularly needs to be covered by Jonas, with HBA who’s defensive responsibilities are not always there would be a recipe for disaster! We’d be caught on the break with a vulnerable left. Although i agree bale would destroy simpson alone, but Obertan has shown good tracking and has a lot of pace which is a necessity against Bale

  • 29 Munster Mag // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    2 things:

    1. Santon hasnt looked that strong defensively and needs to be fully tested here before we can judge his ability. He looks excellent going forward, but Enrique ( in his last season anyway ) was much much better 1 on 1 against a winger.

    2. HBA lacks work rate, and until her shows this, he will be a bit part player, and then he will be sold. Pardew can make hard decisions all day long , and he’;s dead right. The team is based on a work ethic, and it cant be sacrificed.

  • 30 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I agree with munster.

    Santon is as good as enrique going forward (or not far off) but he is no where near his defensive abilities yet.

    Arfa remains a liability until a) he ups his workrate and tracking back and b) he stops trying to dribble past everyone.

    @ cyprus – how can you criticise pards tactics, it’s not just about game changing subs, it’s about telling the players on the field what they should be doing, it’s about setting your team up from the START to win. I think we can safely say he has done this – we’re 5th!

  • 31 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I like Pards; BUT for some, because we’re 5th – you cannot criticizing him.

    Of cause WE can criticizing him, because he’s human and he makes mistakes.

    Tactics is not his strongest side – there is no shame in admitting that.

    And we can criticize our formation – because if we go by performance we wouldn’t be 5th. We should always strive to be the best we can be (and that by the way has nothing to do with our position in the league, which by the way I am thrilled of) 😉

  • 32 geordie@bergen_norway // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Sat in a strip club with yong mister Santon sunday night. He was pretty wasted, but was a nice guy 🙂

  • 33 Owldman // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Cyprus did you see pardews first game as manager
    against Liverpool they were destroying us in the first
    half.Pardew changed the tactics in the second half &
    we destroyed Liverpool

  • 34 phonics84 // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Is it just me or does santon look like HBA’s brother. lol

  • 35 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Owldman did you see the Fulham game. We were in lead at half time – it wasn’t pretty but we had the upper hand. Pards changed tactics and Fulham destroyed us.

  • 36 jimmymagpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Arfa is sold on in the summer to raise funds for another striker, which will be needed as there is another African Nations next year. There seems to be an attitude problem with HBA – he even missed the Tenerife trip. Depending on which report you read, he was either making the draw for the French Cup, or he was ‘ill’. Cup Draw thing doesn’t make much sense – how long does it take to pick a few balls out of a hat! Be interesting to see where he is during the International break coming up, because every one up to now he has found an excuse to go back to France or Tunisia. There have been whispers for a while that he hasn’t exactly taken to Tyneside, and has issues with Pardew. His career is littered with such issues.

  • 37 bmdspencer // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    For me, Santon should be playing at right back along with Jonas playing on the right wing as they are both right footed. I think Danny Simpson had a good game against Villa but doesn’t have that quality that will push us into the champs league, which Santon does.

    I’d like to see Ben Arfa on the left wing and get a bit more natural balace in the side with a top class left back with similar qualities to Santon like Baines or Cissokho

  • 38 oo aa demba ba // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM


    I regularly hear from a good source that Ben Arfa is very temperamental, turning up late and causing problems etc. But at the same time in my opinion if Pards can control him then he is certainly worth all the petulence. Undoubtedly one of the most technically gifted players weve ever possessed and it would be a shame to see that go to waste for him to flourish elsewhere

  • 39 ballerfan2 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Cyprus and Jesper – so…… Your opinions on team selection and tactics are different to Pardew’s and even though he has guided the team to 5th place with his decisions they are flawed. We would be even higher if he would just listen to and act on your advice. Maybe Ashley is a clown after all having not recognised your remarkable insight into where we are going wrong.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    ballerfan2, so NO ONE can criticize because we’re in 5th place?

  • 41 ballerfan2 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Jesper, it is the suggestion that Pardew is a poor tactician compared to yourself that staggers me. Pardew is a pro who studies the game every day, watching his own players and those of the opposition before making his decisions which in the main have been proved correct. We are a team tipped for a relegation fight just a few months ago. He may have made one or two decisions which in hindsight haven’t worked but it wouldn’t have been for the lack of vision of preparation. There is no doubt in my mind that he is by far the best manager we have had since SBR. He has instilled a team ethic we haven’t seen even longer and tactically he must be doing something right because if you compare our players individually with several teams around us then you might argue even now that some have greater obvious quality than we have. So explain to me exactly how our success has come about? …………

  • 42 cupiddstunt // Feb 8, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Cyprus @ # 12

    Because AP lives and works in the real world and your 99% claim are playing their wishlist.

    The 99% of team selection on here work without the day to day knowledge of what the players are doing and how they are progressing.

    Real world versus wishlist I go for real world every time.

  • 43 Ben // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Am I the only one who is not that impressed with HBA?
    Sure he has silky skills but his work rate is questionable, gives away possession most of the time, has a Ketsbia like tendency to run with his head down into cul de sacs ignoring the obvious pass, and gives the team nothing when we don’t have the ball.

    Wouldn’t have a place in my team at the moment. AP has it spot on!

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