One thing we like about Alan Pardew is he goes out and tries to win every single game, be it home and away, and that’s a contrast with some managers Newcastle have had in the recent past – and Sam Allardyce comes to mind as one who was willing to park a bus when we played top sides away from home, and try to get a draw, which we rarely got.
David Santon - has looked good this season
But Alan Pardew is a more positive and forward looking manager, and he will have a game plan tonight to win this game against Everton, and certainly all 3 points would be terrific.
Alan’s positive attitude is rubbing off on the Newcastle players, and one lad who has looked good this season so far is Italian left-back Davide Santon, who had this to say to the press today about tonight’s game at Goodison Park:
“We want to win because this year we want to stay in a good position and get into Europe again. But we know Everton is a difficult game. Last year, we lost there and so we know that Everton are a good team. But we will go to Everton not for a draw, not for a loss, but for a win. We will be positive.”
“Last season, the first few months were difficult for me because Serie A and the Premier League is totally different. But now I feel better on the pitch, and more confident so I am enjoying it. I want to help Newcastle keep improving, keep moving forward and be the best we can be. The fans have not seen the best of me yet though. I can still do more.”
Davide has looked an improved player this season, and he spent last season getting used to the different pace of the English game compared to the way they play in Italy.
And we also have to remember this lad is still only 21 years old, and he has come on a lot since he arrived on Tyneside last summer for £5M from Inter-Milan, and so far has 30 appearances for the side under his belt, and he has made that left-back position his own.