The Steve Harper testimonial was very special for Newcastle for a number of reasons, and it wasn’t just that a fantastic 51,000 fans turned out for the charity game, but it also reminded Newcastle fans of what some great players we have had at the club, and some great teams too.
Davide Santon – improving all the time on Tyneside
And the contrast to today, when we seem to be struggling to get close to the top six in England is apparent, but the events of last Wednesday night also seem to have inspired our current player.
And we looked good yesterday in an excellent 2-1 at Villa Park, and when we have all our players fit, we have a strong side and a very strong bench, and that’s what we had yesterday.
A number of our players are playing well for the side including newcomers Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Loic Remy looks like a perfect player for the Magpies, and he’s now where he should have been in January – but hey, better late than never.
And a certain Hatem Ben Arfa was simply magnificent in yesterday’s game, and he was the best player on the field, and probably the big difference between the sides.
But let’s not forget young Davide Santon at left back, who has been solid all season, and seems to be improving all the time at the Tyneside club.
Jose Mourinho compared him to the great Paolo Maldini when Davide made his debut at Inter, the Italian great who captained the Milan side on Wednesday evening, and Paolo should know when he sees a good defender, he was one of the best of all time for AC Milan and Italy.
This is what Paolo has told the Chronicle today about our 8 times capped 22 year-old left back:
“I am expecting a very good career from him.” “For me he is a great player.” “He just needs some confidence, but I believe he will find that in England.”
“It was really nice to play in Newcastle.” “I had never done it before and the fans were really brilliant.” “That’s why we suffer the next day, for charity. It is the main reason to play.”
Santon is starting his third season on Tyneside, and he has made 69 appearances since he joined the club from Inter-Milan in the summer of 2011.
And the game on Wednesday night helped to raise money for local charities – and it was a bigger success than most people realize – because it seems to have also had a big effect on the current Newcastle manager, coaches and players – and reminds them of what a great club they are at.
With yesterday’s result, we could even have another good season, and with Hull City at home next Saturday, we just hope the fans turn out to cheer on the lads – another win this coming Saturday would be fantastic.
But yesetrday was just one game, but it does mean we have won our last three games, and winning always gives the players confidence – and even the fans.
Howay The Lads!!
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