Good Morning, my friends. It is Tuesday, which is like Friday since we play tomorrow. If only the work situation was like Friday as well, I think that morale overall would be improved immeasurably. Anyway, grab a cuppa joe and take in a pretty short group of links this morning. I'll not be embellishing much so I can get back on the West Brom Preview, so apologies in advance.
Pardew said: “I thought both full-backs were terrific on Saturday. “The two Swansea wide players had literally no contribution to the game.” Pardew felt that Santon linked up well with Jonas Gutierrez: “Santon, in terms of our home fans seeing him for the first time, saw he’s a front-footed player. He wants to attack. “He linked well with Jonas – they had some nice combinations – and that really bodes well going forward.”
Davide Santon was perhaps the brightest spot so far as "Wow- what can this become" from the Swansea match. As you all know (if you've been reading my posts...) that I feel "he linked well with Jonas" is maybe a bit of an overstatement... the potential of linking well is certainly there, but they're just unfamiliar enough with each other in match situations that very good correct runs are being missed yet... when those are not missed, I'll concede "linking well".
Still not sold on a prolific scorer from the SPL. The FIFA coefficient for the Scottish Premier League is flat embarrassing these days, so yeah.
And while he says Mourinho and Pardew are very different characters, he believes the two managers share many qualities, not least their “will to win”. “Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho are totally different, but in their own ways they are very good managers,” Santon told the Gazette. “Like Mourinho, the manager at Newcastle has always got that will to win every game and take the club forward. “I like working with the manager. He has placed trust in me, and I hope I can return that trust by playing well in the next few games.”
I was amused by this... of course the headline overstates what was actually said, but still. If Pardew can eventually return the trophy haul of Mourinho, I think we'd all be pleased.
Bring us 3 points, Alan, and you get more patience. :)
The United boss said: “I know there have been suggestions on Twitter and other rumours he is not happy here but it is just not true. “He is fine, he knows he is not at his best yet and the stats in the game he has played I would expect better from him because of what a good player he is. “It is not about his relationship with the other players, you are looking too deeply into this, he is just a player who needs more time. “He will find his best form before the end of the season but how quickly that is I don’t know. “I will use him as I see fit, I did not use him on Saturday because I did not think the situation was right. Simple as that.”
I didn't have audio of this quote, but it reads a little snippy from Mr. Pardew. For what it's worth, I agree that HBA has been off his best. (I also agree that he needs to find a spot in the first team. . . don't get me wrong.)
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