Davide Santon had another decent game at left back on Sunday, and it seems he is improving and starting to get to grips with the Premier League, this being his second season in the world’s best football league.
Davide Santon - keeps improving at Newcastle
And iot seems Davide, who played for Inter-Milan is keen to have Newcastle qualify for the Champions league this season, but that will be extremely difficult with the squad Newcastle have, and it’s still a bit thin.
The 21 year-old has now played 30 times for Newcastle since joining the club just over a year ago, and the lads have won, lost and drawn in their first three league games, which is modest start and 3 points less than the points we had after our first three games last season.
The Italian defender was disappointed we couldn’t get all 3 points at home on Sunday, and he had this to say in the local press today:
“We have the mentality now where we expect to win games and are disappointed every time we don’t win now.” “When you don’t win it is very difficult – especially at home, where the fans are so important. We’re not happy but it’s okay because next week we will go for a win.”
“Now the transfer window is finished we are relaxed too. We have a really good team and can try to win every game because we have that quality.” “I don’t know where we can go but I think we have a possibility of qualifying for the Champions League this year. If we have the right mentality in every game, why not? We have the quality to do that.”
“I think we can cope with the Europa League.” “It is tough for us and we do not have an easy group but it’s important for us in every game to get a win.” “For us Ben Arfa is so important.” “He has really, really good quality with the ball and he is fantastic. There is nothing he can’t do with the ball so of course he is important.”
“Nothing he does surprises us. He has that quality. I’m not surprised if another team wants to sign him because he has fantastic quality.” “I did not go away with Italy under-21s – I will stay in England and relax here. I will relax and think about next week against Everton.”
“I don’t know why I am not involved with Italy. I would like to be involved but it is up to the coach. I don’t know the reasons.”
It’s a little surprising that Davide Santon is not involved with the Italian U21 side who play Liechenstein and Ireland this week, because he’s been captaining the side since he arrived at Newcastle – is he too old now?
But if this lad continues to improve the way he has since he arrived on Tyneside, he should get back into the full Italian side, and add to the 7 caps he already has for his country.
Ben Arfa has been the good news (again) so far this season, and the 25 year-old looks hungry, and although he still doesn’t track back as much as Alan Pardew would like, he’s a much harder worker on the pitch than ever before in his career.
And he proved he can also hit the ball and send it like a guided missile with his right foot, and not just with his left foot, and it shows all youngsters how fast that ball can travel, when you have great skill and almost perfect technique.
Here’s that goal again – so we can feel a bit better about Sunday, although we needed all 3 points.
That goal reminds me of the goal I scored at Walker Park when I was just 10 years old and still at Wharrier Street Primary School, the only difference being that I think my shot went just that little bit faster – well that’s how I remember it anyway.
But seriously, just seeing that goal again lifts the spirits, and some Newcastel fans need that lift at the moment – roll on Everton.
Just think how we’ll feel if the lads can get the win at Goodison Park in two weeks time.
Howay The Lads!!
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