You cannot say that Newcastle manager doesn’t keep his players on their toes, and if sees the performance of a player going off a little, he lets them know, and that’s what he’s done with 21 year-old Newcastle left-back David Santon.
Davide Santon – told to improve defensive part of his game
And as soon as we saw Massadio Haidara last week in the Ukraine we thought here’s a very solid left back who is good defensively, and that’s a part of Davide Santon’s game that has never been strong.
But David is very good at attacking down the left wing, and he’s set up a few goals over the last several games, and overall he’s been one of Newcastle’s best players this season, and has improved a lot.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today in the Journal about the 8 times capped Italian International:
“I think he has had a couple of games when he has been disappointing for me. And it has actually coincided with his call-up to the Italy full squad.” “You know sometimes that can happen to a young player.”
“You have achieved your goal so to speak, he starts for Italy and then just comes off it a little bit.” “Trust me, I have worked hard with him this week to refocus him about how he got into the Italian team because first half of the season, he was probably our best player.”
“But I won’t restrict his attacking forays. In fact, I will be encouraging him more. But defensively, he definitely needs to concentrate a bit more.”
We’ve never had two good specialist left backs at Newcastle for a long while, and while Jose Enrique was here we never had a specialist left back that could challenge him, but that has now all changed with the arrival of Massadio Haidara.
And Davide will know that his first team starting place is under pressure, and it’s almost certain that Massadio will get two full games in the European League tie with Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the next two weeks, and that will give him a big chance to further impress manager Alan Pardew.
Davide Santon arrived from Inter-Milan almost two years and has been a big success at Newcastle playing 59 times for the first team.
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