Newcastle Cannot Remain At The Mercy Of Big Money

There’s news (again) in the Italian press that an Italian club would like to bring Newcastle’s left-back Davide Santon home to Italy.

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Davide Santon – Roma interested

The latest report is in La Gazzetta dello Sport and that Roma are looking to bring in a top left-back this summer, as manager Rudi Garcia sees that position as a weakness in his back line.

The report is that Garcia is interested in both Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov and Newcastle’s Davide Santon, and it’s a toss up whether Newcastle would sell if Roma came calling.

Santon didn’t have a good season last season, like many of Newcastle’s players, but he is still highly regarded in Italy and of course he will be all the better for his experience playing in the Premier League – if he did return to play in Italy.

With Newcastle losing  a number of senior players this summer – including Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez,   Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa, we cannot really let too many more players leave – because we’d have a hard job  replacing all of them.

But on the other hand Mike Ashley has shown that if he gets an offer for any player that meets his valuation, he will sell, and he will sell at any time, and during the summer transfer window that means he could sell on August 31st – the last day of the window.

If Newcastle are to become great again, we cannot be at the mercy of big clubs like Liverpool and PSG coming in with big money for our players at inopportune times – which we have been under Ashley’s reign – so far.

Davide Santon is still a good player and could again regain some top form for the side, and we now think we need to keep him this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Ulster_Toon

    May 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    How many more clubs have a bigger stadium, larger revenues and a richer owner than we do? Truth is we are quite a wealthy club just with shocking management and zero ambition.

  • Go toon gooooo

    May 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Average player.

  • croftus5678

    May 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    hehe i’m sure we would all love to play the game !

    we could replace krull with this player and buy this player with the change or we are goos at lb so cash in on santon and buy this player or that player !

    truth is we could well sell a player but they would not get replaced immediately as history has shown so we really shoot ourselves in the foot geting excited about a player leaving on false hopes.

  • Slank

    May 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle will and has always been at the mercy of bigger clubs like so many other clubs. Clubs that have the prestige, money and a record of success will nearly always call the shots. However, even the English big boys fall victim ie Renaldo from ManU, Fabregas from Arsenal. Sometimes it is an emotional decision as it was with Renaldo and Fabregas. If you are working abroad that emotional tug is even stronger and if Santon returns to Italy it shouldn’t be a surprise.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Luckily some of us can still navigate through the mess and see why some players looked so bad last season;

    …it always seem at Newcastle that at the expense of some others will rise!

    Sadly this season it was not for the good of the team 🙁

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I think he’s a very good player is Santon, but he can improve a lot in certain areas, like crossing and positioning.

    In a team like Pardew’s which is left to fend for itself in many ways due to like of tactics and coaching, a lot of players will look exposed.

    He has got good speed, comfortable on the ball and can go past players. That opens situations up, pulls opposing players out of position and can open up new holes to attack from but we don’t capitalise on it because we aren’t an attacking team. If he does go forward, then a midfielder, not a baby sitting jonas should cover his position.

    He’s had a lot of games for us where he’s had man of the match, so he has shown what he can do.

    In a Pardew team where players general look worse than they actually are, I think Santon has got a good career ahead of him still and no surprise Roma are after him.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    *lack of, not like

  • Toon Tang

    May 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    same old, same old eh…

  • Slank

    May 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9


    You contradict yourself. The ‘shocking management’ is why Newcastle ‘are quite a wealthy club’ !

    A big ground has little, if anything, to do with it. Queens Park Football Club has a bigger stadium but no players are flocking to play there. The capacity of a ground I would guess features very little in why a player would want to play for a particular club.

  • Bleemo

    May 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    This is one player I wouldn’t mind making money off he isn’t a full back. If we could get £5-6m for him we should.

    Santon is exactly the sort of player that makes the whole foreigners in the league thing look daft. Having great foreign players in your team is fine but having foreign players in your team who are no more effective than young players coming through is futile.


    May 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    I am sick to death when i hear that we cannot compete with the top 6.Of course we can compete with the top 6 if the owner wanted to.Here are some reasons why.
    1)Athletico Madrid need 1 point to win the title and are in the champions league final.
    2)A Madrid owe the taxman £400 mill.
    3)NUFC have a bigger turnover than A Madrid and only owe our taxman £129 mill
    Ambition from our owner is the only reason why we cannot do as A Madrid have and challenge.

  • sweendog

    May 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    one of our best players .. we missed him when he was injured .. still not the finished article but it would be a big loss if he left

  • sweendog

    May 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    JARRAMAG .. thats the frustrating thing .. all this nonsense about not competing its about not investing .. Ashley obviously thinks midtable is enough .. he doesn’t seem to realise if we consistently don’t push forward you move backwards and that means fighting relegation ..we need 5 players + replacements .. and they need to be good .. cabella would be a start, then doumbia etc but it probably will never happen.

  • sweendog

    May 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    one key investment is a better attack minded coach .. we are seriously lacking there..

  • toonaus

    May 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Man if we lose him we’re done for he’s one of our best defenders one of the hay day recruits

  • toonluvva

    May 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Every player at NUFC has a price tag.

    Santon is no different. If Roma make a decent offer he’ll be off.

    I actually see Mr Ashley trying to get down to the bare minimum of a squad thereby keeping costs down whilst increasing the money coming in from transfers. As long as his TV revenues are not affected, Mr Ashley would sell his own mother provided the price was right.

    Now that we know NUFC are not interested in the cup competitions, Our squad will set at a level to maintain a league position higher than 16th and lower than 8th.


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