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Good News – Top Player Finally On His Way Back

It’s been a long time but Davide Santon is now on his way back to playing again,  and  Italian International is training three times a day, but still doesn’t have an exact timeline when he’ll be back.

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Davide Santon in action last season

Davide had a knee injury he sustained in early summer, but then in late August he got the bad news that he would in fact be out until November, when the surgeon had a closer look at the knee.

Davide has been interviewed by Sky Sports today and has some good news:

“I’m training three times a day, every day. I start seven o’clock in the morning and finish around three or four o’clock in the afternoon.”

“It is hard but because I have been out for a long time, I have to see how I feel with my knee, get used to the pitch again.” “I can’t say whether it will be three weeks, one month, two weeks, I don’t know.”

“I was happy for Ryan Taylor, especially when he was like a goalkeeper at the end of the Man City game, when he stopped that ball right on the line.”

“After two years he came back on the pitch and gets the biggest victory.”

“We are playing amazing and the manager is doing amazing as well, because only one month ago we were in a relegation position.” “Now we are playing as a group and working together, that is the key.”

We hope to see Davide fit again as soon as possible, but with local lad Paul Dummett currently holding down the left-back spot and Massadio Haidara showing he can also play at left back with some distinction, the way back into the first team for the Italian will not be easy.

But competition for places brings out the best in players, and it wouldn’t surprise us if when Davide returns he is in good form,  and will push hard to regain that left back position.

That’s all good news for Newcastle United.

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26 comments so far

  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    This is a league we don’t want to be top of. Unfortunately we have been all season until alphabetically Man Utd took over today.

    We need to get the injury situation sorted. Getting Santon back would be brilliant then we can move Dummet over to CB duty.

  • Ashtoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Santon needs to appreciate he isn’t first choice, and for good reason. Loses the ball too cheaply, fragile, improper tracking back after mistakes and doesn’t assist with our defensive shape v superior teams.

    Under another manager, playing in a well arranged wingback formation he may offer a “fret”. But in a pardew team, he’s a downgrade on Haidara IMO

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I still think he makes Pardews first 11 when everyone is fit . We will probably line up like this soon:


  • jimmysmith

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Both he and Jaanmat are top notch, in my opinion. Colback and Collocini will release him early and all day long down that left side and his subsequent link up play with Aarons and Cabella is potentially an open pipeline of chances for Cisse and Peres to bury.

  • blew

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon cant defend, he is a liability.
    The headline is confusing – it states
    top player.

  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Could we accommodate Ryan Taylor in a 4-3-3 formation out Mid Right?

    Jan Taylor Colo Dummet
    Raylor Abied Colback
    Sissoko Perez Sammy

    for the QPR game?

  • Ashtoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Soundoid
    Would prefer to see Sissoko somewhere in the middle given his recent successes in that position. But subject to fitness would love to see Raylor have a flirtation with the first team, albeit don’t want to frazzle his knee too soon!

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon is young. If he still has deficiencies defensively, there is time to iron them out. I think he has gradually tightened up in his three seasons with us, although he did go AWOL more than once in that lamentable second part of last term. One of a laundry list of players who did the same though.

  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #9


    The only reason I want Ryan on against QPR is Joey Barton. Sissoko is much better thru the middle I agree.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we need to get Sissoko & Cabella in the middle IMO . Something like :






  • Moe

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Agree Blew .. currently Santon isn’t quite the top player.

    Is LB really his best position?
    Personally I don’t think he’s cut to play on the left flank let alone the LB position.

    I wish Pardew would get his head out of the box and give this lad a chance for the Right Midfielder position

  • Ashtoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Big Pappa Cissé
    Can’t really fault your line up there mate, gives tiote (if available) a platform to come back and hopefully up his act .

    A very sound predicted line up, IMHO!

  • soundoid

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #13


    Great attacking line up. Arrons isn’t going to be fit until mid december who would you use next game?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #14

    @ sound

    Not sure m8, would probably move Sissoko out wide and bring Colback or Abied into the middle .

  • soundoid

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashtoon @7 pointed out to me that sissoko is better thru the middle, which is a quandary.

  • expatmag

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #16


    Not a bad team bur I certainly would not be changing the team from the WBA game if at all possible.

    I dont see QPR playing 2 strikers from the start against us like they did against City so I would keep the same backline.

    We will need the strength power and energy of our midfield 3 against the likes of Fer and Henry who are both very combative.

    Charlie Austin will be dangerous and if we can negate him, I think we will win easily with our pace and movement up front and support down the flanks from both full backs.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Santon can not defend but is lighting with the ball at his feet. Why put his in the left back position. Use him in the attacking forward line.

    Janmaat colo taylor/willo dummet/Haidara

    Abeid sissoko colback

    Cabella perez santon

  • expatmag

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Shadow Shearer

    I wouldnt have Santon anywhere near the senior team.if the italian teams want him, sell him for as much as we can get. Haidara is far more valuable, better defensively, pacy and starting to adapt well to the senior team. Dummett can fill in at LB too. We also gave a couple of decent up and coming full backs in the under 21s as well as Raylor. So we are well stocked in that position. Santon has not provided any evidence in my opinion of being able to play in other positions.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Good to have a player like Ryan Taylor in our squad.He may not be skillful, pacey or dribble and shot kind of player but his attitude and professionalism is exceptional and a model for other players.He is matured now,can handle big responsibilities like captaincy,coaching & advice,etc.His vision, long balls,set piece ,
    free kicks and work rate are excellent.Besides
    he can play in a number of positions,which is big advantage.He is one of those player who every club want to have in their substitute or starting eleven & background staff every time.
    Another player who I will be disappointed if he won’t make it at Newcastle is vuckic.His height and strength is very attractive suitable for PL, but he is limited with that so far(good height & phy’l strength).His main problem is limited ambition to play,limited natural work rate,concentration and consistency.But he still is very young.I still recommend he should play upfront as a striker.Like target man who head the ball down,chest the ball to his teammates, like Zamora,Carroll…
    He is not workaholic & tacklefull kind of player to play in MF.his best position is upfront as a striker or behind skr,like num 10.
    That may help take out the best out of him if they don’t want to lose him for nothing.Otherwise it will be better to loan him again and again to play more and more games.I heard injuries also disrupted his progress as well,unlucky really, but should get a chance one more time in my opinion..

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Disagree on Santon if u call him bad defen’r.
    Obviously he may find it difficult to get his LB position but still is only player who can boost our attacking play on the left side.Can combine with any player and burst forward. Still is young and learning.Good to have him back,will boost mgrs options massively..
    In other news,I am hoping ivory coast and Senegal fail to make it to AFCON 2015.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 15, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #22

    U think Raylor best position is the right side of centre midfield.

    He can be our clement grenier. Our cabaye. With fantastic passing visions and he can break up play as well.

    Hopefully when either Abeid or colback gets out of form one is dropped for Raylor to be in our engine room.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 15, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Caroll Would be a perfect foil for Ayoze Perez upfront.. Like Shearer Bellamy partnership.

  • N1CK06

    Nov 15, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #24

    With Aarons out, I’d put Cabella on the right with Sissoko in the middle.

    Cabella has speed and also the ability to put in some decent crosses. Sissoko has more strength and is better at keeping the ball in the middle.

    I like the idea of an attacking formation, I feel that the devensive minded approach was what causes a lot of problems. Would like to see how Perez plays alongside Cisse.





  • beermonkey

    Nov 15, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #25

    with it taking tiote a couple of games to get back into the swing if things after an injury he is a sub for me no more with a view to starting him in the Chelsea game

    the only changes I want to see from the last match will be those enforced by injury
    its a winning team no1 has played poorly, with the next 3 games winnable lets keep a winning team that’s there on merit and not one with favoured personel

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Utterly useless defender, as i have said since about 5 games into his nufc defender. Pretty poor attacker too. Ryan taylor is miles better. Dont let him back in please.


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