The signing of Davide Santon has come as a pleasant surprise to most NUFC supporters.
It isn’t often that we sign young starlets from bigger clubs, and our link with Santon was a recent one as opposed to some other names we have been getting rather accustomed to over the last few days and weeks.
It’s yet another good piece of business from the club who have shown recently that they know how to stretch a pound. Santon is younger, cheaper and, most importantly, has the most potential of all the left backs that we’ve been linked with over the summer.
I think Santon will end up being a much better full back than Enrique was during his Newcastle days. But we have to give the lad some time. Italians generally have a tough time adjusting to the Premier League. They are used to a more pragmatic style of play in Italy verses the power and pace of the English game.
Santon has a more aggressive style then your typical Italian full back. He also has youth on his side to help him develop his game in the English style. He also has the luxury of having, in Alan Pardew, a coaching manager who seems to know his stuff on the defensive side of things. Newcastle have only conceded one goal in three league games and that goal could’ve been avoided with some better positioning from Tim Krul.
My only concern with Davide Santon is the current form he’s in. He has struggled since his breakthrough season where Italians all over the world were labelling him the next Paulo Maldini and this summer he was being mostly deployed in midfield in an attempt to help the lad find some form.
That unnecessary pressure is probably what forced young Santon out of Italy with an eye on a fresh start. Like Spaniards, you don’t see too many Italian internationals leave their domestic leagues because it usually means the end of their international careers. There are exceptions, but leaving the country is highly frowned upon in Italy.
With that in mind, the fact that Santon has “defected” tells me that the pressure was just too much for the lad. With that being said, I hope that he will find a little less expectation and a little more patience at Newcastle. The lad is no Maldini right now, but with the full support of the Toon Army, he has the ability to be even better than the Italian great.
Jose Mourinho was a big fan of Davide’s during his time as the Inter Milan manager. He stated most of Santon’s problems were mental, but he was also confident that the lad had the work ethic to fight through it. So long as he puts in the effort, he will have the backing of the Toon Army. And with captain Colo at his side, he’s got a good example to follow.
Let’s hope he settles in quicker than the Argie, and if he doesn’t, let’s hope the supporters stick by him longer than what was afforded Colocinni.