Top Italian Youngster Showing Great Maturity On Tyneside

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.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Mark my words this lad is going to be world class.

    We need to push for Europe on order to retain players like this!

    I hope we can sign another gifted full back in the summer and boy what a team we have.

    It is good to see some world class talent at the toon and now all we need is a few extra ingredients and boom, we have a top, top team!

    Now… Just how do we play football???

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I have to eat some humble pie, due to Niafron, and say that this lad looks better and more able as an RB. Looks a bit more makeshift LB tbh.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Well, on the right (I think after a corner had been cleared), he picked up the ball, made a burst for the byline and drove it across, only for it to be taken off Shola’s toes and cleared for another corner, the type of move that Danny Simpson simply doesn’t have in him.

    Jonas at LB was a revelation in my opinion, he should be getting more plaudits, he got 1 assist and should have been 2. His style of crossing seems to be perfect for Cisse’s anticipatory, predatory instinct too – that’s twice they’ve combined in such a way, already.

    Santon RB, Jonas LB from now on, please?

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Christ ,Ranger arrested again…

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Dannyo – what’s the pillock done this time?

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Surely not Nile ” I wanna save my NUFC career” Ranger?

  • cyprus

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Wow, did he get in a fight? Did he…? No he just went down town… Jeez, cops, let him be.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Entered Newcastle City which is against his bail conditions (except for a match)

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    The lad broke his curfue. It’s not serious, but still, cmon lad, where’s your head at?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I dont think we’ll ever stop talking about this lad for all the wrong reasons while he’s at the club the sooner we get rid the better,but if I was on 15K a week or whatever it is he’s on for the next five years I dont think I’d be in too much of a hurry to sign for some club like Barnsley fort 3K a week.

  • LewSpi

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12


    Yeah fair enough he only went into town but it’s literally against the law for him to do that.

    It’s a shame, I was half wanting to give him another chance after his press release last week. What a mule.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    I think a stint in jail would be good for Ranger.

  • cyprus

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Some so want him taken down… Not you LewSpi

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul- Potential to be World class
    Simmo- Potential be a top less dancer
    Willo- Potential to be a top class hurdler in the grand national
    Colo- World class on his day
    Santon- Potential to be World class
    Ben Arfa- World class on his day
    Tiote- World class every day
    Cabaye- World class when used correctly
    Guti- Potential to be a top Spanish speaking pundit when he retires
    Ba- World class on his day
    Cisse- World class finisher/potential to be world class

  • Phatoon

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Ranger needs to get the Carroll treatment (living with Nolan), but maybe to live with Pardew 🙂

    I saw the Santon right sided moment, was good to watch. I also thought Gutierrez played well at left back. Wouldn’t mind trying that againts WBrom:



    Ben Arfa………………………………………Ba

    That way we have Tiote and Perch to protect the back 4(2) when the full backs are forward. It’ll compact the midfueld. If it’s not working, Santon could switch to left back, Perch to Right Back, Gutierrez to Left Mid, Ba and Cisse up front, without making a sub.

  • John

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Change him to RM then we will see world class look at what moving Bale from LB to winger done for him and spurs, he really reminds me of Bale wen runs at defenders play him on hes strongest side RM, LB is holding him back, his strenghts are up the other end beating defenders and getting balls in the box comon AP start the lad RM and Mmove HBA over LM on his strongest side then BA and cisse will trive on the service.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Fair play to Perch. Never thought I’d see the day where people put him in their starting 11.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    On the theme of what has gone before this morning – I think that most of us realise that we will sell one of our better players this summer in order to help finance the signings that Pardew wants to make. Llambias as good as said this when introducing the accounts. Despite an improving profit and loss account, this club is still carrying the biggest debt in it’s history, the only difference is there is only one creditor, and that is for accounting purposes in the event of the owner receiving an acceptable offer for the club. We still need to balance the books, and Pardew will need to supplement what is left of his budget, bearing in mind that we told that the Cisse deal was an advance on the summer budget.It would appear that we wouldn’t get much for Ba, so one of the others will be sacrificed to help pay for new signings. The ones we know are leaving are at the end of their contracts, and some others who MAY go, like Best and Simpson, won’t bring in much. I only hope that Krul isn’t the one sacrificed. We may find out as early as Sunday what life would be like without him, as he only made the Norwich game by the skin of his teeth, with hamstring problems, which he aggravated during the game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    The trouble with all these formations that people suggest is that if Pards tries something different and it doesn’t work he gets slaughtered,if he keeps it the same and we dont play well he gets slaughtered,I think this is going to be a really important pre season where he can try out a variety of formations without the pressure of having to get points.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    I think u may well be right in that. However, with player sales included, we’ve profited £32,2 mill. Some of that will be spent tho, surely, before we have to shift some out.
    But until we get into Europe, get better sponsors and all that, i reckon we’ll have to sell before we buy.
    And your assessment looks most likely, so no need to add on that. The wage on Smith will be important, u can bring in 2-3 players on what he’s getting, lol.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Dannyo – yes mate, you’re spot on about europe and the sponsors The trouble is that we are at the whim of one man, and support what he is doing or not, none of us know what he will do next. Was within a few feet of him after the match on sunday, and noticed that he’s obviously been at the pies again.Not half as charismatic as Delia, who was bloody delightful! She cheered up this 78 year old anyway!

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Will he be the next player Llambias does his best to flog?
    I am well aware of the football financial realities, before you leap to your keyboards to defend the streaking Bingo Caller, but today Chelsea are linked with both Tiote and Krul, certainly not discouraged by the sales job our General Manager did on Cheick (‘we’ve had him here a year and a half and he’s not picking up as many yellow cards, he’s learning’) which was the most blatant sales pitch since the call of the fishmonger who used to drive his red van around Heaton.
    I only wish we could have fiscal rectitude AND owners who haven’t sold their souls. Is that too much to hope for?
    Yeah, probably.

  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    I think most of us expected at least one of our higher profile players to go last January, or at least were relived that no-one left. I agree with jimmymagpie that probably one of our big players will go in the summer, to help finance the incoming CB plus others that we need.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Sav to be honest we probably have more fiscal rectitude than most of the other clubs.

    Everything appears to be getting done up front and no buying and selling on th drip.

    Or would you sooner have the likes of ‘arry for a gaffer????

  • max

    Mar 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    great player in future

  • 9

    Mar 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s nowt to do with Llambias/Ashley, apart from the fact he won’t pay stupid wages (quite rightly). If we’re going to unearth major talent, the top payers will be coming after then and, naturally, any worker will trade jobs for double the wage (+ easier route to big time success). This is a function of us a) having some superb players and b) not paying stupid wages, in other words, a hugely successful position, better by far than the alternatives, which are having poorer, older players or paying the sort of money that got us stuffed under Fat Freddy. Just a pity we won’t be able to keep our best players, but it’s inevitable and we are certainly looking to provide a pipe-line of top talent for the future to compensate. If it goes on long enough, we will be a top club especially as UEFA’s rule comes into play.

  • shingg

    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #28

    In my opinion, Santon should develop as a right winger instead of left back, with his right foot dribbling ability and poor defensive skills. He could be the next Bale.


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