We thought during the game yesterday that Davide Santon was having a good game, and probably the pick of the bunch, and he’s currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 32% of the vote, followed by Ben Arfa on 21% and Shane Ferguson on 10%.
Davide Santon – in action yesterday
The 21 year-old Italian has just been recalled by the full Italy squad for their game with France on Wednesday evening, when Davide could be up against team-mate Yohan Cabaye of France.
Davide had a good game yesterday and says this morning that the Newcastle players were angry in the dressing room after the game (just like the Newcastle fans):
“We owe you one.” “Everybody was a little bit angry – it was an important game for us.” “It was important to take three points, but it wasn’t a good game for us, especially in the first half. We tried to come back in the game, but it was difficult. West Ham defended with 11 players.”
“It wasn’t a good game for us.” “We have to think about Swansea, winning that game and giving something to the fans.” “Maybe this year we have a lot of games – we play Sunday-Thursday-Sunday.” “But the big teams like Chelsea and the Manchester clubs play in the Champions League.”
“You have to play every game, and try to win every game. We just have to work hard this week for a win.” “The second half was much better.” “We put a lot of balls in the box – and had a lot of chances. It was difficult to score.” “I’m happy to be back with Italy, but my first team is Newcastle.”
“I just have to think about winning for Newcastle, and afterwards the international team. I’m happy, of course, to be back with Italy, but I’d be more happy if I’d had a win with Newcastle.
“It’s been a long time – I was injured, and didn’t play for a year and a half. I’m excited to see all my friends in Italy. After the game, I’ll come back and think about Swansea.”
We wish Davide all the best on his recall to the Italian squad, and certainly he was Newcastle’s best player yesterday, and is much improved from last season, and is a much better player since he joined Newcastle a short 15 months ago from Inter-Milan.
Davide thoroughly deserves his return to the Italian squad, and let’s hope this lad doesn’t get injured on Wednesday night – and in retrospect I’m sorry I even brought up that possibility. 😀
It’s hard enough taking the defeat yesterday, and we hardly want some of our best players injured in the International friendly games on Wednesday.
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