Alan Pardew Defends Courageous Davide Santon

We thought young Davide Santon showed a lot of maturity, courage and class this week, in the way he came our after the Benfica game and said it was his fault that we lost – after he had gifted Benfica a goal after 66 minutes with a wayward back pass.

davide santon close up

Davide Santon – a mature and likable young man

But it turns out the striker who scored – the Brazilian Lima – was obscured from Davide’s view by Yanga-Mabiwa – so the youngster simply didn’t see him, before he made that fatal pass back to Tim Krul, which never reached the Newcastle goalkeeper.

But we’re sure young Davide – who is engaged to a Geordie girl and they are expecting their first child soon –  has become an even bigger favorite given his heart felt apology to the Newcastle fans.

And Alan Pardew in his press conference yesterday stoutly defended his young Italian defender:

“Davide has had a fabulous season. He’s even got into the full Italian side.” “He made a mistake, but was obscured and didn’t see the Benfica player. I can’t take him to task. He’s a terrific player.”

“Davide felt a bit down and wants to repay the fans. I told him the best way to do that was go out on the park and put on a performance on Sunday and Thursday.”

Mistakes happen in football and Davide made a bad mistake on Thursday night – no doubt about it.

But it’s the way you respond to failures and disappointments which is the measure of a man (or woman) in this life.

And Davide has shown himself to be a mature and responsible young man – and surely big success is in the stars now – for this very promising Newcastle 21 year-old left back.

We think so.

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77 comments so far

  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Our best player this season by a mile. He’s ahead of Cabaye now in terms of my favourite player at the club, and that’s a big thing. Considering I’m a bit gay for Cabaye.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Shows maturity to admit his error publicly. . Let’s move on . Today is all that matters

  • Tinman

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Wish we would grab a game by the balls for once:

    ——–King Tim——–

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    pardew go a n d fcuk a duck

    we will get beat today, and he will say , berbetov is unplayable in this mood

  • darrenfletcher88

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    People talking rubbish!! Will be such a struggle today!!! Lucky to pick up a point!! I love this club but I don’t no what people’s been watching we are simply awful,yes we are a different team when players are fit but there not!!!

  • bills-son

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Why does Santon, or anyone else for that matter, think his best position is left back?

    His strength clearly isn’t defending and he can’t tackle nor for his size is he any good in the air. However, he is a fantastic athlete, has good pace, glides past players and has a good shot on him. It is significant that the only Prem goal he has scored was on his right foot when he right back against Swansea. Why he has ended up as a left back when he is so right footed baffles me.

    If Santon was played as a wide right midfielder he could be another Bale. He is potentially that good. He will never get anywhere near being as good a left back as he could be playing wide right.

  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7


    Exact team I’d go for. Has to play marveaux in the hole.

    Big big game today


  • yo-yo

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8


    Got it in one.. Hairdryer is THE natural LB in our side.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    You’d really pay Jonas at LB?
    Think you missed the game against city lately or something cause if you really didn’t see how poor he was at LB then you need glasses mate.

    Would like to see us try
    Simmo…..Tayls…..Mbiwa …..santon…..
    ……Cabaye …….Perch…….Sissoko……
    Marveau ………..Gouffran ………..
    …………..Cisse ………….

    The only thing “balls” about today and your line up is exactly what Jonas is at LB

    Either we come out and pass the ball crisply and safely,making them work hard and with some movement from our lads we can make some good openings but of course it can go he other way if Cabaye’s passing and Cisse’s touch are poor.
    Now AP it’s up to you to get our boys up for this game,no excuses lads

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry mate,was reading your team wrong there thinking you had Jonas at left back 🙂
    Almost thought you’d been drinking the same stuff as toontime 😉
    Good line up you had here

  • Harley

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills son

    Santon is nowhere near the quality of bale.
    Bale has blistering pace, is as strong as a bull, a free kick expert, can score goals from anywhere and is good in the air. He is almost the complete player.

    Just by moving santon in to midfield won’t miraculously transform him in to the next Bale.

    Santon has none of the qualities listed above. Yes he is a good player but let’s not get carried away.

  • Tinman

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Marty, Jonas clearly isnt at LB in my team.

  • Tinman

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Haha thanks apology accepted 😉

  • peaco1980

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    If we get the ball on the floor, and pass and move we will create chances. It’s a big ‘if’ though. For a side that gives away so much possession (i.e. pumping through aimless long, high balls) it’s no surprise that QPR have a tighter defence than ours.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Think bills is saying could be
    I mean come off it before you completely slat our player try and remember that bale didn’t even have any of them qualities when he was played at LB

  • KayZey78

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    We should be playing with wingbacks like Juventus does, with Cabaye as our “Pirlo”. We got great quality the backs and we should build our play around them. When and if Ryan Taylor comes back, we’ll have even further quality there. Our wide players aren’t good enough, Orbertan is crap, Jonas doesn’t dribble anymore. Grouffie and Cisse up front and with a solid midfield.

  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17


    I don’t think people are saying santon is as good as bale. They are just taking the example of bale as he started at left back then got moved into midfield and the rest is history

    If santon was moved into midfield (cos lets be honest he isn’t a defender) then maybe he could progress like bale has

  • Tinman

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    On Santon, I agree maybe he could play on the wing. But at this stage in the season we cannot afford to take the risk of playing him there.

    Play our lads in familiar positions, you have to realise in a relegation battle even the slightest if or but can lose you the game and the points and your premier league status.

    Give him a shot on the wing through pre season, where its no risk whether it works or not. If it does great, if it doesnt then he is still a good LB.

    You also have to realise Santon has the ability to be a cracking LB, however he is designed to play in a side which is going to go an dominate games. He would be great at the likes of Arsenal.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Definitely worth playing Santon as right mid. His shot is nowhere near as good as Bale – yet. Got to think of where Bale was as a player when he was Santon’s age. I also think its harder for right footed players to defend against a left footed player if they’re not on the pace. Less than half a yard and they’re gone – would then have to be fouled to stop them.

  • Harley

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20


    Not sure which post you read but not once did I slat? our player (nor for that matter have I ever)

    My point is santon is good bale is world class.

    You say bale never had those qualities as a left back. I can assure you whilst at Southampton he was strong as a bull, lightning quick and a dead ball expert. None of which santon is.

    Don’t be saying I’m having a go at our players when I’m clearly not. I read your posts and know you are totally behind the team and set up as am I. But I can’t agree when people say santon could be as good as bale. He just hasn’t got the skills bale has had all his career.

  • bills-son

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Harley, Spurs didn’t win in the first 23 games that Bale played in.

    Nobody, not even Bale himself I bet, thought he could be as good as a left winger/hole player as what he has turned out to be. As others have pointed out I said ‘could be as good as Bale’.

    My main point is he isn’t a left back. No way is that the best position for him.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    But at spurs he was a poor poor LB, much worse than santon tbf
    Think it’s stretch to say that santon has no pace tbf the lads an athlete, also disagree bale has always been strong he’s bulked up a tonne the last couple of seasons and no reason santon couldn’t
    As for set pieces I have no idea on santon cos I’ve never seen him take one! But mustn’t be great tbf because it shouldn’t be to hard to dislodge our set piece takers this season!!! 😉

  • Harley

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23


    Never mind, I think santon is a good player that’s all that matters. Lets hope he plays a blinder today and scores the winner!!

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24


    while i fully agree with you on santon, and his best position, you have to look at your glorious leader and ask him why he plays so many out of there best postions not just santon.

    cisse, often get used as a winger, he has no clue what to do out there

    HBA, right winger, yes he can be a RW , but come on, him sitting behind the forward is his best position,

    cabaye, i have never seen him have a good game playing as DMC, but stick him up field 20 meters , world class

    jonas, was a good attacking left sided player when pardew came, now, he isnt even a shadow of himself, pardew has made him think defense

    santon has no clue as to whether he is is left wing or left back and gets cought in the middle to much

    even the new guys that have came in are starting to look poorer players
    first few games goofy and sissoko played, i thought WOW, now i just think goofy hides, he makes maybe 3 runs a game

    tiote anaita marv and many others also look shows of there normal selfs

    please remind yourself that a football game last 90+ mins, we normally play well for a 20 min spell, then switch off,,

    OC i want us to score early, but i cringe when we do, because i know pardew thinks he has his goal, lets defend it, almost 3 years of watch him tells you he isnt going to change his thinking no matter what players he brings in, he has his way of playing the game,

    we have no formation still after 3 years, and in that time he has almost upgraded the whole team

    26 Krul
    03 Jose Enrique
    05 Campbell
    12 Simpson
    27 Taylor
    04 Nolan (Smith 87)
    07 Barton (Routledge 90+3)
    18 Gutierrez yellow card
    24 Tiote yellow card
    09 Carroll
    23 Ameobi (Ranger 63)

    today, 6 of this team will not start, bambi might get on, yet this team played better football,

  • Harley

    Apr 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Ha ha bills son I think we could go on for ever here.

    I personally don’t think santon could be as good as bale but nothing would make me happier than for him to prove me wrong.

    Lets just wait and see how he develops and one of us will be right.

    Right off for Sunday lunch, 3 points today a must. We can do it!!!

  • boater

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Loving Bills-Sons/TADS line of logic that even though Santon is no way whatsoever, in any way such way, anything like Gareth Bale – we can’t say he won’t be like Bale until he is switched to a different position – to which he has neither played nor is in anyway suited. I happen to think Haidara is the next Van Persie – and because there is no information to the contrary, it therefore must be true.

    Not joining this Dali-esque leap of faith into projected supposition is tantamount to NUFC heresy – according to TADS.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #27

    So santon is in no way suited to be a winger? Lol okay
    And according to you does that mean players can never convert into a new position?
    Also im saying he is similar to bale when bale played LB they poses similar qualities so how can you say he might not flourish in a new role until you’ve seen him there?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure why 433 just seems to have been dumped completely. I don’t mind 4231 but it means Cabaye is played too deep.

    Have to turn 20 min good spells into 30 mins.

    When all fit


    Debuchy Colo M’Biwa Haidara

    Cabs Anita Marveaux

    Benny Cisse Goofy

  • boater

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy –
    Not playing Santon at RW is hardly ‘not playing him in his best position’. He has never played there before – you are adding 2+2+2 and making 13. You’re entitled to do that as a slightly unhinged individual but lambasting the manager for not mirroring your thoughts is bordering on narcissistic psychosis.

    Jonas was not an exceptionally talented left winger – in fact he rarely delivered a final ball or threatened the goal, so Hughton/Pardew cultivated him into a box-to-box defensive midfielder where his lack of a final ball is less of a factor.

    Sissoko was having a quiet patch a long time before he came here – so no surprises there. Gouffran was a £1.8mil makeweight to see out the season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    peaco @ 14

    How true

  • boater

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    TADS – What qualities did they share? They get forward a bit?

    I’d have thought the fact that Santon is basically ineffective in the final third would pour some caution over your – ‘he’s going to metamorphosise into the 3rd best attacking player in Europe’ theory. Obviously not.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    yo yo

    Shame Saylor doesn’t have the same maturity and humility
    to admit his stupidity as well. Santon was a silly mistake but Saylor should know better, it’s hardly his first time.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    just gannin’ oot to try the new bar at the groond.

    not lookin’ forward to the game – infact crappin’ mesell.
    worst ootcome cood be joint thord bottom to-nite.

    hopin’ for aal home wins today

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34


    my point is not about santon should be a left winger right winger left back

    id rather him have only 1 position and become good at that,,

    and your wrong about jonas,, CH, used him as a left winger, who was not the best at crossing , grant you that, but he had a great partnership with jose and between them both we had a great left side, they both attacked both defended,

    sissoko might not have been having a great time before he came, but when he did , he exploded into the prem, now, pardew thinks he has another HBA, to do magic,

    for what its worth, i see sissoko as a right winger, he seems to do his best stuff out there, he stretches the play, picks a man out rather than lump aimless balls nowhere ,

    and boater, since your a clever guy,, why are we looking so poor ALL THE TIME

  • daztoon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Santon is a young lad still learning his trade and will make mistakes.No doubt he has quality and see him more of a wingback than an out n out full back but time will tell

  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36


    Anita in your team ahead of sissoko?

    Give me a smoke of whatever it is your on

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    i think charlie’s got his geordie translator working

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #38

    northern irish

    I had completely forgotten about him!!!

    This is why I get annoyed when pardew keeps on about injuries. I had forgotten about sissoko and couldn’t fit Tiote
    and santon in either

  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39


    Lol. Makes u remember what a good squad we have. Shame about the manager

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #40

    You mean apart from santon and bales great skill, ability to beat a man with ease, great ball control, great pace and fantastic athleticism?
    And when santo went RB vs Wigan his final ball looked far more potent what with him being on his natural side and all


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