Alan Pardew is a good manager, and he’s a fantastic man-manager, especially with our younger players, and Alan talks today about how he has made Davide Santon into a better player at Newcastle, and it’s all about Davide not taking thing personally when the winger beats him down the wing.
Davide Santon – improving all the time at Newcastle
We’ve said this before, but we cannot believe just how good Alan Pardew is becoming as manager on Tyneside, and he seems to be continually growing into the position of Newcastle manager, and that job’s not an easy one.
And when you hear Alan being interviewed his passion is such that you think he was born on the banks of the River Tyne, but then there’s that accent of his.
Alan Pardew talks about how he has handled Davide Santon since he arrived on Tyneside, and it looks like Davide has grown as a player, both mentally and physically at Newcastle, and he’s a much better player than he was last season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“Alongside Hatem Ben Arfa, I think he’s been our best player this year.” “The problem with Davide, when he first came, was that when a winger gave him a bad time, or had a bad moment in a game, he took it personally.”
“He wouldn’t let it go, and it affected him.” “This year, he’s had bad moments – wingers have skipped past him – but he’s coped much better with the moment after.” “That’s the difference this year. You can’t be perfect – Davide was trying to be perfect.”
“Jose’s not perfect, Steven Gerrard ain’t perfect, Luis Suarez ain’t perfect, Yohan Cabaye ain’t perfect – you can’t be.” “He’s overcome that. Therefore he’s now becoming a great player.”
While there may have been some doubts about Davide last season, he’s looking like a very good buy this season for £5M from Inter-Milan, and we have to remember this lad is still only 21, and has a lot of improvement in him.
Davide’s yet another excellent acquisition by Newcastle United, aided and abetted by a certain big Chief Scout – the great Graham Carr.
Howay The lads!!
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