Santon to take Simmo’s RB slot?

Will Danny make way for Santon?
The match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur saw the introduction of Italian U21 international Davide Santon who finally made his Black and White bow in front of the home fans.

When I saw that he was coming on I thought the obvious thing to do would have been to swap him for Ryan Taylor.

This wasn’t the case however and Santon saw himself playing at right-back in place of Danny Simpson. Whilst the substitution was going on I noticed how annoyed Simpson was when he came off and I can understand that if you’ve felt you have put in a good shift and feel that you deserve to stay on. At the very least it shows that Simpson wants to play and won’t be happy with a spell on the bench.

Now although this is only the first time that we have seen Santon play for his he did venture forward at times and got several touches on the ball. Of course it will take a while for him to adjust to the way that the English game is played and I’m sure he will be given more chances to play for us to help build up his match fitness so that he will be able to last a whole game.

Could Simpson lose his place? The substitution to me sort of indicated that Alan Pardew has been very happy with the way that Ryan Taylor has played at left-back. Is it worth disrupting the left-side of the field? Raylor has made great links with Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini who play near and alongside him. Those partnerships could be disrupted if Raylor is shifted out of the team or over to right-back.

On the right-hand side there doesn’t seem to be the following links that there seems to be on the left side of the park. Is this Pardew’s thinking? As Raylor has proved to many that he is capable of putting in a shift for us at left-back.

Regular readers of my articles focussing on player’s performances may know that at times I have been critical of Simpson’s performances. I feel at times he drifts too far upfield and when the opposition breaks he doesn’t make the effort to track back as fast as he possibly could. There have been times when he has played very well but I’m not entirely convinced of Simpson’s basic defending abilities. I’m not saying we should drop him straight away but with the way that Raylor has been playing I think Simpson will find his place under threat from Santon.

Davide Santon will need time to integrate into our side and my feelings are that because he was asked to play at right-back the other day I think that will be where we may see him play in the near future. Could that then possibly allow us to invest a left-back? We can only dream but that could be a prospect that may arise if Santon does eventually end up playing at right-back.

Do you think Santon will take over from Simpson or was it just a one-off to get his debut out of the way?

58 thoughts on “Santon to take Simmo’s RB slot?

  1. Simpson\Taylor\Obertan seem to be the favourites to be dropped bya lot of fans. In my opinion Pardew is trying to keep the great team spirit in the dressing room by treading a tightrope, between the newcomers such as Santo\HBA\Marveaux et al, and established players such as Simpson\Taylor7 even Obertan as he’s been selected since day one and he doesn’t want to change a winning team. Trouble is I think Pard’s knows who his best line up would be and it probably doesn’t include these 3. Obertan came to the club with confidence issues, and Pardew will be trying to bolster this, dropping him from a winning team will not achieve this…similarly with the other two…..But he’s going to have HBA whingeing very soon, so all in all he has a few man management problems to sort….but that’s what he’s paid mega bucks for!

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  2. I’m not sure to be honest.

    The way Pardew was talking after the game he was hinting that Ben Arfa and Santon would start vs Wigan but then I have a feeling he will go with the same starting XI and then put them all in for Blackburn in midweek.

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  3. Yup, Santon in Simmo out, what I’d hoped all along. Then a new LB in January to try take Raylors spot. πŸ™‚

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  4. Dunno. Pardew has said a few times that Santon was signed as Jose’s replacement so I expect that he’ll play left-back in the future. Raylor had to stay on agaist Spuds as he was better than Simpson, but long term I think it will be left-back for Santon.

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  5. I think both Simpson and Ryan are weak links and have been for a while.
    Some of Ryan’s passing has left a lot to be desired and Simpson although he often takes up forward positions, is incapable of taking on defenders and more often than not passes the ball backwards.

    I was happier to see Williamson in the team, he seems to have been forgotten lately. Solid in the air and rarely made mistakes.

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  6. Dont know what the fans hard onn for marveaux is all about the game he played in the cup he was shocking and done little to no defending. Granted he has done ok for the ressies but im sure obertan would do cracker there. The main reason we have such a good defence is because of our current midfield they all do their defensive duties very well and i dont see marveaux being any better attack wise than obertan.

    Santon should be picked before both taylor and simpson he is just better than them and i still say we need another starter at full back.

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  7. Williamson. Now there is an option….

    Saylor can cover right-back can’t he? Not saying play him there, but if needs must???

    Saylor-Willo-Colo-Santon

    Just a thought..

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  8. Icke, Marveaux set up two goals vs Forest, great cross for the first and then his first touch which took him inside the two defenders for the pen…

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  9. Toonsy, I used to think S.Taylor was decent at right back until we played Everton at home last season.

    If S.Taylor and Coloccini are fit then I think they have to be centre back.

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  10. D4T – doesn’t matter, now that he actually did something the cup game was just a match against lower league opposition πŸ˜‰

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  11. Fair enough they were the only decent things he done alll game does that mean he had a good game? its no suprise we conceded 3 goals to one of the worst teams in the championship. He was walking around with his finger up his whole for like 85 minutes of the game.

    and dub no need to act like a smug little knob-head

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  12. Santon and obertan on the right….pace would be frightening even if marv played in there too….
    ANyone noticed how quick our team is becoming…santon, marv, obertan, HBA all stupidly quick….
    Good article zoe for what its worth i think it was merely tactical to take off simmo as ekoto was struggling on the left and with obertan and santon at him would be hard to compel? just a thought

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  13. Toonsy, there is that πŸ˜†

    Icke, not just then, even when he’s come on in the Premier League he’s looked lively, vs Aston Villa he played a very good pass to Cabaye in the last minute.

    He just looks like he has more quality in the final third than Obertan.

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  14. If its not broke dont try and fix it, why break up the Saylor/colo combination. . A good option for the full back could be to permutate any 2 from 3 Santon/Rayloy/Simmo but I do feel that Santon will be first choice but I am less sure on which side..

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  15. Would love to see marv, HBA, santon all get a start against wigan…but cant really see it. AM worried now ameobi has scored it will mean he might start!

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  16. icke – nothing against you, just joking about some of the people on other sites who like to change tact when one avenue of criticising someone is blocked off and they find another

    I like marveaux because he has great vision and great touch. Have we seen enough of him to say he’ll be a great player for us? No, but i think we’ve seen enough to whet our appetites and personally that’s why i’d like to see him given the chance to prove himself with a start in the PL. I’ve got no problem with him having to wait a while because the team is winning as is, and i’m not saying he should be guaranteed a starting berth, just excited to see what he can do

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  17. Dan – i have to say i haven’t seen much of him so don’t know how much potential he has but to me it said a lot that the club singled him out for mention in that statement ahead of others.

    Also, I’d like to see saylor and colo continue in the middle. I would be happy if santon was to replace simpson and the substitution gave me reason to think that pardew is aware of his flaws and might be looking for another fullback as competition

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  18. Did anybody see the way Raylor took the ball away from HBA for the late free kick? That was good, we need him to assert himself and he is probably a better fullback than midfielder so let’s give him a go.

    At the expense of Simpson.

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  19. Dub, he is great going forward and bombing on, as you’d expect of someone his age but he is surprisingly decent at defending and will only get better at it.

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  20. Personally I would replace Simpson as Taylor is playin gbetter than him. Come January I would like to push for Erik Pieters and that way we would have strengthened the defence considerably as Pieters can also play at centre back and that is an area where we are dreadfully short!

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  21. Front page of todays Chronicle carries the story that Simpson has stated in court, whilst mitigating a speeding offence, that he is heading for the exit at the club and that his new born child is quite ill, and im truly sorry to hear that.

    Ive said for long enough that there is something wrong with Simpson and his general performances have been poor, now we know why, its a shame but time stand still for no man and yes Zoe, Stanton will replace him.

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  22. @25, feel bad for the lad, really hope his daughter recovers and that it isn’t too serious πŸ™ hope the club are giving him as much time and space as he needs

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  23. Simpson hasn’t been great recently, but dropping him because of the Spurs performance? I like to think I give all the lads an equal evaluation, but usually when Simpson lets a cross in there are several comments on how poor he’s been.

    People were saying how well Raylor played and how Bale didn’t skin him or make him look ridiculous-absolutely true, but when Bale went back to the left, surely Simpson kept him quiet as well? Praise was quiet on him, with people focusing on Obertan tracking back and yet Jonas has had to do the same in every match for Raylor.

    I think they both had decent defensive performances, perhaps Raylor looks better because of his free kicks and that’s why we should leave him in, for the attacking threat, and Santon is certainly an impressive prospect, but I can understand Simpson’s frustration.

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  24. ya GS I was at game. shol ran up and said somit and then hatem walked away.

    I havent rated simpson since we signed him. Its at the point now where i think hes that bad i just laugh. There was a move in 2nd half against tottenham rioters, we actually got cheeky and started chanting ‘ole’ with every pass, it came to simpson and he put it straight out of play!! fans around were angry. i was just laughing..im even laughing now.

    nothing against lad, sure hes nice and all but hes rubbish. you can tell our players when they pass to him dont trust him. he either chucks it in box aimlessly or tries to pass it back hurrieldy to whoever just passed to him, moretimes losing possesion.

    If we are to get top 7 we need better quality at full back than Danny Simpson..

    Get pieters in and put Davide at RB.

    Much more solid back 4 already

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  25. Obertan would be a good sub to bring on at 60-70 minutes to beat those tired defenders. I’ve noticed his crossing is poor but he always goes for the same one… low and to the near post, maybe if he tried a higher cross for ba to get his fat head onto he might get less grief. His speed and dribbling is good though! πŸ™‚

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  26. Raylor-Colo-Staylor-Santon gets my vote.

    The only good I can see in Simpson is his crossing, which is a useless ability if he can’t beat an opposing fullback!

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  27. I like Obertan, to me he’s offered just as much as any one of the other new signings.
    He had a poor first 15 minutes at Tottenham but in general he’s been very good.

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  28. Batty @42

    What makes me laugh more than that article itself is the fact some lunatics out there will believe it!

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  29. Oh my god we are signing del piero!!!!! what a signing. Clearly what llmbaris meant in the.mission statement of signing an older player!!!!

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  30. Aye batty πŸ˜†
    although I couldn’t believe it when some liverpool fans were saying what a great buy it would be. I swear people judge teams just from fantasy football points nowadays

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  31. Has anybody noticed as soon as simpson receives the ball he hoofs it as far away possible instead of playing the ball on the ground to a team-mate that drives me mad!

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  32. Cameron-I’ll have to disagree with that, I tend to find Simmo will run or pass given the opportunity and hoofs only when necessary

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  33. I think simmo would play as a better RW than RB. If you’re a lazy defender there’s no point in you playing in defence.

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  34. Lets see, Simpsons useless, Raylor isn’t a full back and Saylor is a panic short of a penalty. Colo can’t get in the argentina team coz he’s too slow. Now we know the recipe for the meanest defence in the premiership. I hope we dont go and spoil it by introducing quality players.

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  35. devenaa if youve played football premandup but the goals your team concedes isnt just down to a back four.

    if we have the meanest defence that means that man utd, chelsea, liverpool etc have conceded more than us.

    therefore according to your logic this would make simpson and raylor better than ashley cole, boswingwa, evra, phil jones, enrique etc etc

    football doesnt work like that

    it’s AP’s tactics and team work ethic that makes us meanest defense at moment. And dont forget a string of amazing saves from tim krul.

    dont let stats fool you on individuals –

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  36. ORRRRR

    we could stick with the defence we have and not look to improve it, at the risk of being negative

    jeez

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  37. in the Chronicle (frnt page) Simmo expects to leave maybe in Jan or the Summer and doesnt expect to stay longer than his current contract. Santon RB, get Pieters in for LB

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  38. As i said some time ago R Taylor has had a great start to the season at left back played well scored goals and links well whilst Simpson imo isnt great Santon at right back R Taylor left back happy days .

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  39. premandup
    October 19, 2011 at 13:59

    Lets see, Simpsons useless, Raylor isn’t a full back and Saylor is a panic short of a penalty. Colo can’t get in the argentina team coz he’s too slow. Now we know the recipe for the meanest defence in the premiership. I hope we dont go and spoil it by introducing quality players.

    I would still say Collo is a class defender. Defenders that can use their brain don’t have to be that quick. Samuel from Inter has got lots of caps for Argentina and he is a carthorse.

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  40. I’ll be much happier with Santon playing regularly if he is anything like what he has been hyped to be no matter which side of the field he plays on. I think Raylor mostly gets by defensively because he has Colo and Jonas to protect him. Simpson has been more exposed so it is easier to see his shortcomings. Eventually both Simpson and Raylor have to be replaced as starting fullbacks for us to improve. I’m sure Pardew is planning for this. The cup game against Blackburn should be interesting to see what Pardew tries as a lineup. Hopefully Santon gets some significant minutes.

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  41. simpson will be off in jan… santon in his place, young tavernier santons under study and can be back up anywhere in back four .fergy learning under ryan taylor i recon.(tavs back early november i think)

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