We haven’t been too surprised that Davide Santon has been in and out of the Newcastle side lately.
Davide Santon – showing great mental strength and maturity
You have to remember that it’s the 21 year-old’s first season in the Premier League, and he will be learning all the time, and of course he will be making mistakes too, as he learns the way the game is played in England.
So Pardew has to gauge how often to play the lad, as he improves his game – and we have no doubt Santon is going to be a good player, and remember he is much better than Jose Enrique was at the same age.
And we thought it was great when Alan Pardew brought on the youngster on Sunday afternoon, and Davide came on and did a good job at the back for Newcastle.
We’re also sure he’s being managed well by manager Alan Pardew, who talks to the Newcastle youngsters all the time, and Alan explained how he is handling the 7 times capped Italian International:
“I was going to leave Davide Santon out against Arsenal – Ryan Taylor was going to play.”
“At the last minute, I’ve had to turn to him and put him in the team.” “That takes a lot of character to play that night.”
Davide did well on Sunday with a good solid display at left back when it was needed, and Davide helped the lads get a very valuable 3 points on Sunday, and he always looks keen and listens intently to what manager Alan Pardew tells him on the touchline.
It seems to us Davide is a very keen learner and that will stand him in good stead in his career, and we have great confidence in Alan Pardew’s ability to bring the lad through over the next year or so.
Alan Pardew complimented the Portomaggiore born youngster:
“I was really pleased for Davide. He had to come off the bench after being left out.” “I think his form’s suffered a little bit, but he sealed us up at the end, and I was pleased with that.”
“Mental strength is a massive thing in the Premier League,” “He’s only a young boy. He’s an Under-21 Italian player, and you don’t become one of those without talent.”
“He’ll learn, and it will have done him good.”
We have to remind Alan that Davide has played 7 times for the full Italian side, so his potential is enormous.
But Newcastle fans will have to be patient with Davide, just as we were patient with a certain Spaniard, Jose Enrique – who turned out to be a top left back for Newcastle after an uncertain first season.
We fully expect Davide to emulate Jose, and sooner rather than later, and he has already appeared 18 times for Newcastle this season.
He seems such a good lad, and it’s great to have Davide at Newcastle.