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Santon On The Wing? It’s Good But It’s Not Right

8 years ago

Yesterday I saw an article on the website where there was a suggestion that [intlink id=”32269″ type=”post”]Davide Santon should be playing as a winger[/intlink], citing the example of how Gareth Bale has made that move so successfully.

It all reminds me of the Keegan days when the majestic Phillipe Albert would burst out from centre-back and sweep up the field causing mayhem, this led to many fans clamouring to see him in midfield.

Of course the times that he was tried in midfield it was poor to average, with a direct opponent up against you all the time in midfield it was totally different story to catching other teams out with a break from the back.

Likewise, Playing Santon in midfield or on the wing is fatally flawed, he is an attacking full-back and not a winger.

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In fact there is a slightly different position that is tailor made for the Italian and could be part of the jigsaw to overcome shortcomings in the Newcastle squad.

Santon and Debuchy are arguably the best pair of attacking wing-backs in the Premier League.

If both were pushed forward that little bit further and an extra centre-back played, they would have license to create havoc.

This would also allow Alan Pardew the chance to accommodate Steven Taylor, Coloccini and Mapou, with Colo the ideal candidate to be bringing the ball out from the centre of defence.

With the two wing-backs it would increase our attacking power and then help to make Cabaye, Sissoko and especially Ben Arfa more potent.

With new signings at a premium we may have to shuffle our pack to find a winning hand.

All we, and more importantly Alan Pardew, need to do is believe.


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