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Pardew – This Lad Becoming A Great Player For Newcastle

Alan Pardew is a good manager, and he’s a fantastic man-manager, especially with our younger players, and Alan talks today about how he has made Davide Santon into a better player at Newcastle,  and it’s all about Davide not taking thing personally when the winger beats him down the wing.

Davide Santon – improving all the time at Newcastle

We’ve said this before, but we cannot believe just how good Alan Pardew is becoming as manager on Tyneside, and he seems to be continually growing into the position of Newcastle manager, and that job’s not an easy one.

And when you hear Alan being interviewed his passion is such that you think he was born on the banks of the River Tyne, but then there’s that accent of his. 😀

Alan Pardew talks about how he has handled Davide Santon since he arrived on Tyneside, and it looks like Davide has grown as a player, both mentally and physically at Newcastle, and he’s a much better player than he was last season.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“Alongside Hatem Ben Arfa, I think he’s been our best player this year.” “The problem with Davide, when he first came, was that when a winger gave him a bad time, or had a bad moment in a game, he took it personally.”

“He wouldn’t let it go, and it affected him.” “This year, he’s had bad moments – wingers have skipped past him – but he’s coped much better with the moment after.” “That’s the difference this year. You can’t be perfect – Davide was trying to be perfect.”

“Jose’s not perfect, Steven Gerrard ain’t perfect, Luis Suarez ain’t perfect, Yohan Cabaye ain’t perfect – you can’t be.” “He’s overcome that. Therefore he’s now becoming a great player.”

While there may have been some doubts about Davide last season, he’s looking like a very good buy this season for £5M from Inter-Milan, and we have to remember this lad is still only 21, and has a lot of improvement in him.

Davide’s yet another excellent acquisition by Newcastle United, aided and abetted by a certain big Chief Scout – the great Graham Carr.

Howay The lads!!

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10 comments so far

  • GarageFlower

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Fantastic young player,proved me wrong because I thought he was a bit too namby pamby for The Prem.

  • fray bentos

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2


    He’s obviously really shit at it considering he got a very recently promoted team to 5th and then won manager of the season

    Posters should be a bit more specific with their criticism than just saying play 4-3-3 then we will start trouncing teams like Liverpool 3-0.
    It sounds daft to me. Don’t you think if it was as easy as just picking 4-3-3 for the formation week in week out, pardew would be doing every game, after all he does want to win matches aswell.

  • dmac

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon has been our most consistent preformer so far this season. A real class act.

  • blissna

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Good points there by the tinned pie.

  • fray bentos

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    God knows how we managed to get him off inter Milan for just 5 million, at that age with that much potential talent it could be a better bit of business than the ba transfer

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Nov 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    If Ba plays: 4-2-2-2




    —————–Ben Arfa———-Cabaye————–


    or 4-3-1-2: i think Ben Arfa could play more centraly to get on the ball more often:




    —————————-Ben Arfa—————-


    i also liked the idea of 3-4-1-2 or 5-3-2:




    —————————-Ben Arfa———————–


    if Ba could not play: 4-2-3-1, then






    Good wingbacks, skilfull and quallity wing forwards, creative attacking midfielder and one box to box midfielder EPL standart and CDM capable of doing his duties. Defense pair is solid too.. Keeper is as good as always. For me the only question is Cabaye. if he could find his form we’ll win.

    back up plan:

    subs: Obertan IN, Jonas Out (Fergie LB), Sammy IN Perch or Bigi Out, And Shola IN for Cisse if he doesn’t score in 75min..






    Santon, Jonas and Fergie are much bigger threat going foward (and with that in mind opposition has more questions – easier to defend). Santon, Jonas and Fergie can defend as well as Simmo if not better. Santon could cause more problems crossing with his right foot, over lapping benny who cuts inside to shot with his magical left. Jonas is a good Left Wing Back wich tends to cut inside, he can take on his man, or by cuting inside create some space for fergie to put a nice cross. Cabaye could pass a through ball two cisse as well as dictate the tempo of the game with his range of passing. Perch and Bigi in my eyes are good pair to have protecting cabaye’s back. Cabaye also usually defens well. I really would like to see my formation against liverpool. I stated my case so i’d like to hear something from you (Blog Readers and Writer).

  • cla5hb0y68

    Nov 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    The one criticism I have of him, is that he doesn’t cross the ball into the box quick enough. He’ll make a great run and then seem to hang on for ages before finally delivering it into the box, this obviously gives defenders time to get closer to him and often to take the ball off him. It’s almost as if he’s frightened that playing the early cross might not come off for him.

  • Bucks mag

    Nov 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Davide’s improved so much already this season, still things he has to improve on like his crossing but I agree with Pardew when he says he’s been one of our best players this year

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Pards can manage the club and Magpie from Lithuania can pick the team and everything would hunky dory as far as I can tell.

  • BigKirky

    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Love Santon. Fine athlete and slick footballer. I’ve said it before, but he’s quite strong and sturdy and as Ed says, ever improving.


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