Davide Santon Out For Season – Haidara To Get Run In Side


When Davide Santon sustained his hamstring injury against Fulham, and it looked a bad one, it didn’t look like he would return this season, and Alan Pardew has today said that’s indeed the case.

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Davide Santon – being carried off against Fulham

Alan met with reporters today, and he was asked about the status of the Italian International, who has had a particularly good season in only his second term on Tyneside.

This is what the Newcastle manager said about the 22 year-old:

“I think Santon is struggling for the rest of the season.” “There’s an outside chance for the Arsenal game.” “It means that Massaido Haidara will step in at left-back for the duration of the season.”

The 8 times capped Italian left-back has been ruled out of the next three matches for sure, and there seems very little chance he will make the final game of the season – at home to Arsenal on Sunday May 19th – and let’s hope we are safe from relegation by that time. 🙁

Davide has become a much better player since he joined us just two years ago from Inter-Milan,  and there’s little doubt that some Italian clubs will be after him this summer, but we must keep him at Newcastle.

Davide has played 38 times this season, with one good goal at Wigan, and in total he’s made 65 appearances for the Magpies.

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Massadio Haidara – good chance for the 20 year-old

This will give a good chance to Massadio Haidara to get a run in the side,  and so far the 20 year-old French U21 international had made seven appearances for Newcastle since signing in January.  and he’s looked very good.

We think there will be a battle next season as to which of these two very good young players, is the starter at left back for Newcastle next season.

And that competition will only be good for the side.

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343 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Shame for Santon, but not too worried. Haidara has looked decent when he’s played.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza

    Let it be known that in true beattie25 style I didn’t start the debate, but boy did I finish it.

    My unbeaten record remains.

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  • 89Norcal

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Haidara is much more intelligent defensively, though i suppose he doesn’t get forward as much as Santon.

    Hopefully this accelerates the Haidara>LB, Santon>LW process 🙂

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Stats on transfermarkt and wiki are different. Most of his titles have been from his playing career. Their is no doubt that Laudrup was they better player.

    Managing wise they aren’t that much of difference if you take away that he managed one of top teams in danish league getting 57 % according to wikipedia. .

    Laudrup style of play is more attractive but it might not be that much more effective.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Beattie…Unbeaten? Not so sure on that mate 😉

    Don’t consider ramming a mans playing career down another posters throat proves too much about a manager…

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  • G

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Sazzer, didn’t AP get called up to the Enlgand squad once? Or did I just imagine that bit? I know he deffo never got a game, but I’m thinking he might have been called up once or twice?

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m calling you our Beattie… 🙂 Any topic – I can conclusively prove you’re wrong…

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon like Collo is being given “time off” to get his stuff all packed up to get the funk outta here… Ridiculous the amount of players we have out injured… There is an article and will find it and it explains that Footballers get more injury prone when working under stressful circumstances…

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Sazzer

    Pardew played in league 1 with the best team and struggled to get promoted. Take away Pardews stats in league 1 with Reading also and you’re left with a very very poor record.

    You are trying to defend Pardew by drawing similarities to Laudrup and almost saying Pardew is better this season.

    There is no comparison. Firstly the two do not draw any parallels in terms of career stats and if they do Laudrup is better. Secondly it is much more effective as they’ve won silverware and are currently not fighting relegation.

    Stop trying to be in a gun fight with a goose feathered pillow.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    In every way you look at it Laudrup and Pardew are incomparable. That’s my point. If you try to compare them Laudrup is better at everything.

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    International career
    At international level Pardew was a member of the England Semi-Professional squad during his time in the English non league playing for Dulwich Hamlet and Yeovil Town.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Beattie

    Top 5 things that need to be done to improve NUFC and make you happy?

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    G

    He played at amature level. Don’t think he got called up?!

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  • G

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Yep, I imagined it. Can only really remember his playing from his Palace days, and whilst he wasn’t a disgrace, I seem to remember he was pretty unspectacular.

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  • G

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Thanks for clarrifying guys, wonder who I was confusing him with then? I suspect he wouldn’t have been any worse at international level than most of Greame Taylor’s call ups mind? Carlton Palmer anyone?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Beattie…Even excuse making? Lying? Better at being bad at tactics? Shoe lace tying?

    I agree that comparisons are somewhat pointless, so isn’t it best to just say that rather that to keep posting their playing career stats? Just confusing issues 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Ichrisho

    1. A better manager with a modern take on footballing style and tactics.
    2. A better manager with humility, honesty and someone that fans, players and journalists can follow.
    3. A better manager who cares not for names but more about form.
    4. A better manager who believes NUFC can win things and not just compete.
    5. A better manager who wants will fight for the club and not roll over.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Ichrisho

    In honesty though we need (in no particular order):

    1. A better manager.
    2. More investment.
    3. More communications with the board.
    4. A united fan base.
    5. Ambition.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza

    I like to force an issue rather than resolve it peacefully.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Beattie

    Em…. thats just one thing… a Better Manager… so the other 4 would be??? Im not starting anything here… Your blog spots are an excellent read and I wanted to know, out of respect, what you really think… Why Pardew? Why not change it all? The club needs a complete revamp… Maybe relegation will help? (Sad to say that)

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  • G

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m guessing Beattie25 won’t be joing the Official Alan Pardew Fan Club then? You get a t-shirt with an excuse on it as well as a signed photo, mug and badge.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Beattie…Force or confuse an issue?

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza

    That’s my style. I confuse people and therefore they think they’ve won but they haven’t.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    G

    I’d rather staple my nuts to a moving train.

    Although the excuse t-shirt is an excellent idea. They’d go for a fortune on eBay

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Ichrisho

    That’s what I though 4 years ago.

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Beattie25
    We have played crap all season, and are 5 points behind Swansea. They have City, United and Chelsea left to play, If the go on losing streak they might be in relegation battle.

    I’m not trying to make Pardew better than Laudrup. Rather having a sober look at Laudrup.

    Pardew finish 5 th with probably worse or equal team that Swansea have this year.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Beattie…Are you sure you don’t confuse people in to thinking you’ve won to the point even you think you’ve won?

    Little tip, the confuse and force tactic isn’t great for picking up women…can land you in a lot of trouble.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #28

    1. A better manager. (Agreed)
    2. More investment. (At grass roots level plus about 10 new players with good medical records)
    3. More communications with the board (As in? They speak to the press or us?)
    4. A united fan base (I think we have this… We all love Newcastle and want them to do well – no?)
    5. Ambition (The most important point you have made here… where is that gone? Why do we think ourselves inferior – a northern thing? I dont know… ManU dont have it… 21 years ago – they were a mid-range club falling on it arse with finance and an unknown scots manager – We need to believe… )

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Saz

    I’m afraid we’ll have to agree to disagree.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Sazzer….I think Laudrup is a decent manager and will do well. I’m eager to see what they do as a club next season and how he manages the EL.

    However, I don’t think we had a lessor team last year than they do this year at all.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Sazzer – I like the Laudrup link… good thinking… although he has already said he is planning for next season… )

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #32

    We all know Pardews limitations.

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  • G

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Post 24 – you owe me a fresh cup of coffee and a new keyboard.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Classy Playing Career anyway…

    Years

    Team

    Apps†

    (Gls)†

    1980–1981

    Whyteleafe

    27

    (3)

    1981–1983

    Epsom & Ewell

    45

    (1)

    1983–1984

    Corinthian Casuals

    36

    (5)

    1984–1986

    Dulwich Hamlet

    58

    (2)

    1986–1987

    Yeovil Town

    19

    (1)

    1987–1991

    Crystal Palace

    128

    (8)

    1991–1995

    Charlton Athletic

    104

    (24)

    1995–1997

    Barnet

    67

    (0)

    1997–1998

    Reading

    17

    (0)

    Total

    501

    (44)

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  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibizatoon
    Ba – Michu
    Krul – Vorm
    Cabaye – De Guzman/Korean kid (Hernandez)

    Willo, Simmo, Best, Tiote, Obertan, Jonas, Perch, R.Taylor, Guthrie, S.Taylor

    Ben-arfa nad Cisse made us finish strong but they weren’t playing for most of the season.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Oops…

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Why on earth are people singing the praises of laudrup to such an extent? He has won a cup with swansea, which is a good achievement. But his record isn’t any better than pardews if you look at it over his career.

    He is one of the best players to have played the game in the modern era but on a managerial level, he isn’t that special.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    If Pardew had Laudrup’s attitude towards football, and had won us trophy this year, then I think we’d all be more forgiving of poor league results.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    So far in his career, Pardew has been involved in several controversial issues and events. In 2003, the BBC described him as being a “dangerous and distant animal” in the media, referring to his public relations abilities, which has led him to making several rash comments.[41] When at West Ham, the club employed a media advisor for Pardew to help him win over sceptical fans.[1] The following is a list of controversies Pardew has been involved in:
    In September 2003, Pardew resigned from Reading after being refused permission to become manager at West Ham. Reading’s chairman John Madejski attempted to create an injunction in the High Court to prevent him from moving to West Ham. Eventually Reading’s legal action was dropped, and Pardew joined West Ham after a period of gardening leave.[6]
    In March 2006, Pardew had a dispute with Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, after he criticised Arsenal for failing to field an English player in their UEFA Champions League win against Real Madrid.[42] Wenger suggested that Pardew was being xenophobic,[43] a claim Pardew denied, citing his marriage to a Swedish wife.[44]
    In November 2006, Pardew had another dispute with Wenger after celebrating West Ham’s win over Arsenal.[45] Wenger claimed he was provoked into pushing Pardew after Pardew’s celebrations at West Ham’s late win.[46] Wenger was later fined by the Football Association,[47] whilst Pardew was cleared of the charges in January 2007.[48]
    In February 2007, shortly before Pardew’s new club Charlton faced West Ham, The Sun published a report documenting a video of one of Pardew’s media training sessions he took whilst manager at West Ham. In the video, Pardew jokingly made several disparaging comments about West Ham’s fans.[49]
    In October 2007, Pardew intervened on the pitch in a match against Hull City to try to break up a confrontation between Charlton and Hull players after Lloyd Sam and Ian Ashbee were sent-off. Pardew denied he made the situation worse by intervening.[50]
    In March 2009, on Match of the Day 2 Pardew stated that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien “absolutely rapes” Man City player Ched Evans during a midfield tussle for the ball, in the sense that he bested him physically.[51] The BBC said there will be no on-air apology, despite 35 viewer complaints, insisting it had been misheard as “rakes”.[52]
    On the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League season against Tottenham Hotspur, Pardew pushed an official after an incident where the ball appeared to go over the touchline, but the referee deemed it to still be in play. Pardew later apologised, citing his behaviour as “ridiculous”.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Ichrisho

    The point regarding communications is that all we here is commercial points and revenue results. We hear the odd thing but at times like this it would be refreshing to hear the MD come out and say ‘this is our plan’.

    They’ve apologised (or rather admitted) mistakes but not vowed to do things differently in the Summer.

    I just want them to communicate to us all what they’re planning. I want typo hear them say ‘this is what we’re aiming for’ rather than Pardew being the mouth piece.

    Also regarding the fan base, we all love nufc but we are all so divided when it comes to what’s best to push forwards, onwards and upwards. For me we need to unite behind a quest for better. A quest to improve all aspects of our club rather than accept what we have and hope it gets better. Once we all agree that it isn’t good enough and we need a complete top to bottom change then maybe we can move forward and be united again.

    I respect people’s opinion that Pardew can do well but we don’t want well, we want excellent. As soon as more fans wake up to the idea that we don’t have to accept mediocrity then we can do something about it.

    But whilst there are 50% wanting to keep Pardew and his mediocrity and 50% wanting better, we will never be as united as we once were.

    We were united under Hoots and then this geezer came in and spilt is in 2. Although more people are coming over ibiza’s fence to the side of ambition and yearning for more. It might be rosey on the pro Pardew side of the fence but over on the other side there is a dream to have more than roses.

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