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This Newcastle Star Could Be Expendable This Summer

11:13 pm, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Last year at this time Davide Santon had hardly no competition for the left-back starting spot at Newcastle, but how things have changed in a short twelve months.

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Davide Santon – in action against Liverpool

First of all Newcastle were starting to struggle twelve months ago, due in large part to our competing in the Europa League, when our squad just wasn’t big enough, and that led to a number of long term injuries to some of our best players, like Yohan Cabaye, Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor, not to mention Ryan Taylor.

Contrast that to today, when Newcastle have now won five games of the last six, and Newcastle are in 7th place in the league table, and only four points out of second place.

And with our acquisition of six Frenchmen this year, we have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and also local lad Paul Dummett who have played well for Newcastle in the left-back spot.

It’s a position that Newcastle have tremendous strength in depth in at the moment.

And therefore, if a big bid comes in from say an Italian club in the summer, for say around £10M, which is twice the fee we paid for Davide from Inter-Milan over two years ago, Newcastle could be tempted to sell the 22 year-old eight times capped Italian Intentional.

Davide has improved during his time at Newcastle, and he’s worth at least twice the amount Newcastle paid for him, and then we’d have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara to fight it out for the starting position at left-back next season.

And Newcastle could use the money they get for Davide to strengthen other positions of the team.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Davide Santon · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Premier League

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pbandj // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Why on earth would we sell santon.
    In my mind he is becoming one of the best left backs in the league. He toyed with Rafael on the wing and was solid in defense yesterday.
    Just because we get a bid of 10 mil doesnt mean we should sell. Both Dummet and Haidara has little Premier League experience, so they are miles below Santon at the moment…

  • 2 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    With the extra 30 million TV money coming in we shouldn’t have to sell anyone to fund more signings

  • 3 USAGEORDIE // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    He is NOT expendible. Hes only 22, two more years of EPL football and he will be one of the best LBs in the world. We tend to think of him as a weathered veteran but he is the same age as Dummett! He is not wanting to leave so don’t sell! If you think his value is high now just imagine how high it will be in two or three years.

  • 4 geordielad880 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I think southampton will be a total different prospect to today, they keep the ball,press, work hard, what would everyone line ups be??

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    My Line up for the game would be :

    Sissoko RW
    Gouffran LW
    Arfa free role
    Remy CF

  • 6 geordielad880 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    mine would be:-



    ———————-ben arfa

  • 7 geordielad880 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    santonthenewmaldini, your line up is the same as me, great minds think alike lol

  • 8 nufc786 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    so worth watching…..

  • 9 geordielad880 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    you need players who have high energy, and work hard, and close down, against soton, like gouffran, sissoko, anita, i think we can get a win, i predict 1-0

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Every player is expendable. And Haidara is as good as Santon already, thankfully. Dummet needs more experience though.

    Something disturbing has emerged from today though – Ketsy may be right about us beating poor teams like Man U every day of the week. 🙂

  • 11 wolfshead@toon // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM


    if sants is sold u will have to have a new id son 🙁

  • 12 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Nufc786! Where have you been? It’s been lonely killing the blog on own!

  • 13 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    @Geordie Lad

    To beat Southampton we will have to play like we did last season when we beat them 4 – 2 which is to play quick balls into the channels when we win the ball back cause they commit men forward and play a high line which does leave gaps for Sissoko , Remy and Gouffran to exploit I think it will be a 2 – 1 win for us might not be pretty at times possibly

  • 14 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    You could change it to Haidarathenewbramble 🙂
    Has a ring to it…

  • 15 nufc786 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    They once named a street after Cheick Tiote, but they had to rename it because no one can cross Cheick Tiote and live.

  • 16 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM


    Yeah I know might go for “Mike Williamson – The New Baresi ” or something ….

  • 17 wolfshead@toon // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM


    harsh lol

  • 18 nufc786 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    here and there i guess…

  • 19 true toon // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    @ least 15 million to sell him..

  • 20 JP...from The Rock // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Ed, no because that would be foolish. Santon is not injury prone, is established, very young at only 22 and is still improving. Why sell? We don’t have to. We should sell Obertan and perhaps Colo as he wants out.

  • 21 seasons // Dec 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    pualo maldini rates the lad so there’s obviously something about him. give santon couple of years and we’ve got one of the best left wing backs on the planet never mind just the epl

  • 22 veto // Dec 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    have a word with yourself ed , the lads been nothing but loyal to us .
    mbiwa is not an out and out full back , haidara has given no sign he is ready to play week in week out , and there is no chance dummet will come good .

  • 23 Douglas // Dec 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Santon is expendable at the right price. 12M. Hiadara is better, Dummet is solid.

  • 24 Douglas // Dec 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Actually what could happen:
    Cabs 20M
    Santon 12M
    Collo 2M
    Remi 12M

  • 25 ash1001 // Dec 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Santon is the future, tall, powerful, full of running and can only get better.
    + he has a geordie daughter as well a geordie girlfiend, apart from anything else he does not want to leave. So stop putting words into Ashley’s mouth Ed, or is it a case of looking for more ‘CLICKS’
    Have my doubts about Massadio Haidara he was missing again yesterday, could it be the ‘Wigan’ tackle troubles again.

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