Let’s Hope Our Man Of The Match Doesn’t Get Chatted Up
Tim Krul, who’d kept Newcastle in the match, was in third with 18% of the popular vote, Ben Arfa was in second on 22% after doing his best, this time largely unsuccessfully, to inject a bit of spark into our play.
Out in front though was a player who just seems to get better and better, Davide Santon.
The Italian full-back topped the poll with 29% and while he was partly at fault for the West Ham goal, his overall play was head and shoulders above pretty much all of his teammates.
It was great to see Santon have his club form recognised by his national manager and his squad selection for tonight’s match between Italy and Yohan Cabaye’s France.
Hopefully the Newcastle full-back will get a chance but the only down side is what happens when players are away with their international teammates and the opportunity for them to get tapped up, in a football sense, by their international colleagues.
This has always been reported as rife in the England set-up over the years and if somebody asks Davide how things are going and he says; ‘Well we’re mid-table and didn’t really buy anybody in the summer and have just been beaten by Fat Sam Allardyce…’, he could have the hawks circling.
However, earlier in the week Santon did have this reassurance for us;
“My team is Newcastle and I want to win games there first of all. If we are winning and I’m playing well, then hopefully I will continue to make the Italy squad”.
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