Pardew pleased with Santon
Alan Pardew has praised Davide Santon's mental strength after he came off the bench to play an important part in Newcastle's win over Norwich.
Last Updated: 20/03/12 2:03pm
Alan Pardew has praised Davide Santon's mental strength after the full-back came off the bench to play an important part in Newcastle's weekend win over Norwich.
Santon started the recent clash with Arsenal after Ryan Taylor failed a late fitness test but endured a difficult evening and was named among the substitutes for Saturday's game against the Canaries.
He came on just after the hour mark and helped the Magpies hold on for a 1-0 victory that boosts their chances of qualifying for Europe.
And Pardew believes the 21-year-old has shown that he has the right sort of attitude to be successful in English football.
"I was really pleased for Davide - he had to come off the bench after being left out," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
"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."
Santon only joined Newcastle from Inter Milan last summer and Pardew is sure he will improve as he continues to get used to life at a new club.
"He's only a young boy. He's an Under 21 Italian player," said the manager.
"He ain't one of those without talent. He'll learn. It'll have done him good."