John Carver was asked what the situation was with Davide Santon, and why he was allowed to leave Newcastle last Monday, and return to his former club Inter-Milan – initially on loan.
Davide Santon – allowed to leave Newcastle
John talked yesterday with the press and said for the first time in many months, he would have to leave some good players out of the 18 man match day squad, because there are now a lot more to choose from, as players return from injury.
Carver was then asked specifically why Davide Santon was allowed to leave the club last Monday, and this is what he said:
“He’s not featured all season and he’s had this problem with his knee, but the emergence of Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are two guys at left back in particular who have done really well.”
“So he was finding it a problem to get into the team.” “I’ve always said if you get in the team and do well you will stay in the team, no matter whether you are a young player or a senior player.”
“I think Davide got a little frustrated himself because he wasn’t in the team and I can understand that because he wants to play. ”
“The best option was to get him out on loan and that’s what we have done.”
It’s true that both Paul and Massadio have done well at left back this season, but we think the 22 year-old Frenchman now has a great chance to make the left-back position his own at Newcastle.
Massadio has played 16 times this season so far, and since joining us from Nancy a short two years ago, he has made a total of 36 appearances for Newcastle, and he’s looked a really good player who can put some excellent crosses over.
It will be interesting to see if Massadio keeps his place this week with Paul Dummett being fit again – Massadio was very good last Saturday at Hull.
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