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 – 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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