Newcastle manager Pardew thrilled with Santon’s mental strength

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he is delighted with the progress Davide Santon has made recently.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he is delighted with the progress Davide Santon has made recently.

The Italian full-back was left out of the Magpies’ starting line-up for Sunday’s meeting with Norwich City but came off the bench just after the hour-mark to perform well in his side’s 1-0 victory with his showing pleasing his manager.

"I was really pleased for Davide - he had to come off the bench after being left out," Pardew told the Shields Gazette after he started the former Inter Milan man in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal last Monday.

"I think his form's suffered a little bit, but he sealed us up at the end, and I was pleased with that.

"I was going to leave Davide Santon out against Arsenal - Ryan Taylor was going to play.

"At the last minute, I've had to turn to him and put him in the team.

"That takes a lot of character to play that night. Mental strength is a massive thing in the Premier League.

"He's only a young boy. He's an Under 21 Italian player.

"He ain't one of those without talent. He'll learn. It'll have done him good."

 

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