Alan Pardew has talked about Davide Santon playing defensive midfield at Chelsea on Saturday and has said he’s Newcastle’s Phil Neville, because of his ability to play in multiple positions.
David Santon – utility player at Newcastle
Davide has played in both full back positions and now in defensive midfield, and we know he can play on either wing, although he hasn’t played there yet for Newcastle.
He was a right winger when Jose Mourinho was manager at Inter-Milan, and decided to switch the youngster to left back – and after that he quickly picked up his first full cap for Italy when he was 18 in June, 2009.
That was the game against Northern Ireland in Pisa, which Italy won 3-0, and a young Shane Ferguson was on the visiting side.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the 23 year-old Italian today:
“The important think is that Davide Santon has got a long-term future at this club because he’s still only young and is gaining such experience.
“He can play right-back, left-back and now he has shown can play central midfield, so you’re looking at one very important player.”
“When I look at someone like Phil Neville, Santon could in my opinion be the Phil Neville of this football club, a kind of unsung hero like Phil was at Man U.”
“You look at when they won trophies and he was very important.”
It would be interesting to see how Davide plays in what was his first position – out on the right wing.
But we thought Davide was solid at Stanford Bridge, and he must have been showing up well in training in that position, once Tiote picked up his injury.
And we need another good performance from him tonight against Spurs, if we are going to start to pick up some points in the league.
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