This Is Why This Player Has Long Term Future On Tyneside

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.

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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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27 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Phil Neville lol

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    How Will Newcastle Fare Against Tottenham?

    Lose (53%, 250 Votes)
    Win (26%, 120 Votes

    we don’t share your confidence pardew

  • Goodfella

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Phil Neville? that must fill Santon full of confidence aswell.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    santon,, forget about maldini , think of phil Neville

    you will reach the top

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone aspire to be a phil neville?


    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    he could play as a striker next.. could be the nxt hesky

  • bzak12

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    How about Santon covering for injured Krul tonight, I bet Percy’s thought about it!

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Well Spurs haven’t won at SJP since 2004 and were lucky at the weekend to beat Everton, However they have a better away record than home record this season picking up 26 points out of 36 with 8 wins, 2 draws and only 2 defeats
    We need to come out the blocks steaming and hopefully get a couple of early goals…. saying that if we somehow manage to score early we’ll no doubt then start sitting deep and try to defend …. draw at best for me

  • Goodfella

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9


    haha next heskey love it

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10


    spurs won last 5 of last 6 away drawing the other, we have lost our last 3 at home without scoring.

    going to be a hard game but fancy a 1-1

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    can’t see us scoring.

    0-0 is the best result I am hoping for

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s hardly an injury crisis. So we have a few players out… everyone gets that. Apart from Shola coming in, everyone else can be covered.

    It makes it look desperate that Santon is played midfield, yet we’ve got a central midfielder in Sissoko playing on the wing!

    Let Santon play on the wing and Sissoko in his more useful position of cm.

    Maveaux then plays in the number 10 role, with his main job to play final balls, which he CAN do. That is how you get product from him. Play him to his strengths, but he has already been Pardewed. Armstrong can then be brought on for Marveaux to give him some experience as he already has ability.

    Round pegs in round holes.

  • bzak12

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    If Percy thinks Santon is that important to us he shouldn’t say anything about it, as it will just lead to Ashley flogging him just to plss Percy off!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    It’ll be tough tonight – Don’t think we’ll get anything tonight – could be a weird atmosphere but looking forward/hoping to see Pardew play Santon in midfield. I thought he did OK in midfield against Chelski got better as the game went on.
    Also be interesting to see Du Jung linking up with Goofy if goofy is fit.

    If everyone gets through this game unscathed we will have most of our squad available for Aston Villa – looking forward to that game to see if we go with the Du Jong, Remy Goufron link up.

    Then we might see how good/bad Du Jong is

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    pardew is the injury

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    @Laurent – Sissoko has plays on the wing for the french national team – it’s not just Pards

    A few players out? – Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse and Remy suspended
    Thats 6 of our first team, we do not have the squad depth to cover them adequately

    Marvs is decent at attacking and prob gives the ball away less than HBA, trouble is that if its not going his way he goes totally missing

  • archaeomag

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Come on lads – we can get a draw !

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Its going to be a tough game for De Jong as I can’t see him getting much service and he’ll no doubt end up isolated up front

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Mindshaft, we have centre halves, we have fullbacks, we have central midfielders and Santon can play wing. There’s only Shola who is awful, but even now we have De Jong (although still finding his feet).

    This is the point in having a squad. Pardew doesn’t know how to blend them though as his pathetic football coaching doesn’t breed team cohesion.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew has a knack of admiring really average hard-workers. He probably thinks James Milner is Man City’s best player. Thank God he’s not in charge of signings.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    cisse first team ??

    like I said , half of this is down to pardew not given players a rest,

    whats that saying horses for courses, pardew just flogs a dead horse

    for weeks before xmas some of our players looked tired, it was said many times by various people on here some players need rested,

    this is the result, who is to blame

  • count

    Feb 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve seen him playing on the right wing at least twice already.

  • breno95

    Feb 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    what a ridiculous statement.
    Santon is not a midfielder and it could even be questioned if he is even a defender?
    on recent performances he has been more than poor and he needs a kick up the backside never mind praise.
    i do despair reading comments on this blog. they show alot of posters have zero intellect when it comes to player ability and football in general.
    i rarely post as its the same repeated garbage from the same posters banging their own drum and convincing themselves they are debating a point.
    my question is how can people debate shite and more worringly its the same shite day after day after day??
    as for santon he is a poor lazy player in defence and he is certainly not a midfielder.
    someone coined the phrase round pegs in square holes earlier. that will be the case tonight again and a defeat is inevitable.

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #24

    So Breno- you’re one of those who thinks that anyone with a different opinion is wrong then ….? And only your opinions are valid …..?


  • ronjohno

    Feb 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Surely Pardew cannot be serious – being compared to Phil Neville should be an insult to Santon.

  • nastynorm

    Feb 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Santon shud b rested but think he wil b right bac 2nite if dubuchy is out he’s def no midfield player or left bac 4 that matter, he went missing against Chelsea that’s y hazard got a hat trick 2 easy, as 4 2nite don’t expect anything but u never no mayb super santon wil score


    Feb 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #27


    What the Freeking hell have you got against Santon ?

    There are a lot worse players in the squad without singling out any one particular player?

    Has he had a Dump in your back yard or summit?

    I read this Blog every day the same as you but rarely Post any reactions because of all the Crap posted !

    Congratulations! You,ve just added to that Crap !


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