Let’s just say it’s embarrassing what Newcastle did in the January transfer window, and one of those very bad moves was to allow Davide Santon to leave the club on the very last day of the transfer window to join initially on loan.
John Carver on Sunday
Now we have no recognized left-back available for Newcastle – although we hope Paul Dummett may be back before the end of the season.
But no, John Carver has taken it on himself to say it wasn’t Newcastle who forced the move in Jauary but Davide himself, because he wasn’t in the first team,.
It’s embarrassing for Newcastle that Davide has been in the Inter first team ever since he arrived back in Italy, and he was even recalled to the Italian squad during the last International break.
So in retrospect, it seems crazy for Newcastle to have let him go, but John Carver seems to say that Newcastle had no choice:
“Let me tell you something about Davide Santon. Davide Santon has been out for a long time – seven months, I think it was – injured.”
“He came back against Leicester in the FA Cup and he wasn’t prepared to wait to earn his right to get back into the team. He thought he could go straight back into the team.”
“He drove the situation, not us, not the club, he drove it.” “After the game on the bus, he was on to his agent saying he wanted to get out, he wanted to go and play.”
“Listen, I am not saying anybody has got a divine right, and I’m not saying he wouldn’t have been in the team within two or three weeks.”
“But if you have got a player who doesn’t want to hang around and fight for you, then that’s an issue, for me.”
When you are short of defenders you don’t let players leave just because they want to.
You tell them we cannot afford to let you leave, but if you still feel that way in the summer – you can leave then.
Somebody in upper management should be thinking about the Newcastle squad – which is now threadbare – but John doesn’t seem to understand that.
And what John is saying doesn’t even match what Lee Charnley has said about Davide’s move.
Lee told the Fan Forum earlier this year that the deal they made with Inter wouldn’t have been available in the summer, which is why he had to go on the last day of the January sales.
It tells you the ridiculous thinking that’s going on at Newcastle these days, when John says they (had to) let Davide go because – simply because he wanted to leave.
Who in upper management ever thinks about the Newcastle squad rather than just making money?
We are now in a rather perilous position because of some of this reckless action, and John Carver does himself no favors at all, by bad-mouthing Davide Santon, but only after he has left the club.
Things are not good at Newcastle at the moment, and we are looking more and more like a joke club.
John Carver should stop defending Newcastle’s upper management for what they did in January – it’s indefensible and simply naive management of a football club.
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