At his press conference yesterday, Alan Pardew said a rather stage thing when he intimated he would try some players in different positions through the end of the season, and see how they performed.
Davide Santon – could get a game on right wing?
We suppose one example of that was when he used Davide Santon in defensive midfield at Stamford Bridge, and we thought the 23 year-old Italian had a decent game at Stamford Bridge.
But then in the next game at home to Tottenham, Davide was simply a disaster in that first half, as he kept giving the ball away, and was beaten time and again by the Spurs’ speedy wingers.
He was replaced at half-time by Paul Dummett, and the local lad from Kenton has looked good, and taken over the corner kicks from Davide, and should get an extended run in the side.
This is some what Alan Pardew had to say yesterday:
“I’ll certainly take the opportunity to look at one or two and sometimes the formations we play too.” “We’ll see if someone can do a different role, and we’ve had good success with that over the years I’ve been here.”
“We’ll maybe look for one or two to play in unusual positions.” “There are some players we’re looking to for next year who are going to get a bit more time. Luuk de Jong, for sure. Adam Armstrong, we’ll maybe have to pitch him in at some point.”
“Others might get a shout, it depends on results. Our focus with our academy this year has been about being local and we’re starting to get some through.”
Maybe it’s a way of giving Davide a game once he’s fit again, but of course Cheick Tiote is back now, although Alan Pardew could try Davide down the right wing.
That’s where he started his career, before Jose Mourinho switched him to left back for Inter-Milan almost five years ago.
Maybe he will try Paul Dummett down the left wing, since he’s an attacking kind of player, and can put ion some great crosses with that left foot of his, and he also has an eye for goal, and hit a beautiful shot just over the bar on Sunday in the second half against Aston Villa.
But it’s very rare that a player playing out of position is as good as in his normal position,. so we’re not sure if it will work too well through the end of the season.
What would work well is to give some youngsters like Adam Armstrong a game, and we’re not sure why young Sammy Ameobi wasn’t even a substitute on Sunday afternoon – because he deserves his chance too.
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