Santon: “This is an ambitious club who want to move forward”

Pardew think Santon will be OK.

Santon signs on.
Newcastle have completed the signing of Davide Santon from Inter Milan. Santon will wear the number 3 shirt once worn by the recently departed Jose Enrique.

This move represents a real coup for the club in my opinion.

Santon has undoubted talent and potential and has drawn praise from illustrious names such as Marcelo Lippi, Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo for his performances. However he has found himself out on the fringes of the Inter Milan set up in recent months and even went on loan last season to get some playing time.

At only 20 years old there is plenty of time for him to improve. From what I’ve researched of him there seem to be little doubt about his ability with the main question mark being about his confidence. That is a job for Alan Pardew who will have to try and work out a way to rebuild the belief and get him back on the right track. Judging by the job he has done with Steven Taylor I’d say that Pards has a good chance of achieving that.

Santon has signed on for five years at St James’ Park and cost in the region of £5 million although the exact amount is hidden behind the undisclosed fee label. Nonetheless it’s a fantastic bit of business to get a player of his calibre for a fee which, in all fairness, is fairly modest.

Alan Pardew is understandably delighted to have captured a player who can play on both sides of the defence and who is likely to replace Jose Enrique’s vacant left-back role.

Speaking to the club website Pardew said: “We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle. He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defence.”

“Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly.”

It certainly seems as though left-back is a position that has been nailed on by Santon. He may well be right-footed but he started the majority of his 40 appearances for Inter Milan in that very role. We’ll see how it works out and how he adapts.

I suppose I must give a bit of credit to Derek Llambias for this. I’m quick to criticise him for his transfer dealings and the way he negotiates so I guess I have to be fair and let him have his moment of glory. Llambias said:

“The signing of Davide Santon is a real coup for this Club. It confirms our commitment to bringing quality players whose best years are ahead of them to St. James’ Park.”

Last and by no means least I guess we need to hear what the player in question has had to say about his move to the North-East. I’d really love for someone to ask him if he has ever seen a Mackem in Milan? I don’t think it will happen though unfortunately.

Speaking of his move Santon said: “I am really pleased to sign for Newcastle. The chance to play in the Premier League and in front of 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park was too good to turn down.”

“This is an ambitious club who want to move forward and I want to help them achieve that.”

It’s a very good move and caps need to be doffed to those involved. We have a player who has played in Champions League ties and won titles in Italy who still has potential to improve. In fact his potential is virtually untapped and he is already a full Italy international.

Hopefully he settles in quickly and we can see him in action against Queens Park Rangers in a couple of weeks time.

Welcome to Newcastle, Davide!

176 thoughts on “Santon: “This is an ambitious club who want to move forward”

  1. DJG craig coozy wont be a big loss anyway the same as cwarr they are just sad fukers that crave attention. Batty could predict better than them 2 ,and if he couldn’t he should be put down 😀


  2. Apparently Tevez is at Jesmond Dene hotel, medical tomorow with view to loan deal. ……ah I love deadline days, and it’s not even the deadline for 24hrs + 😕


  3. Toonsy, just noticed Batty offered £50 towards getting a new server, I`ll match that but I want 50% or I`m out.
    This kid just needs a break and get his confidence back and he could be anything, the talent is still there, some Milan guys I know are astonished that Benitez destroyed the kid, he`s only 20, Pootle etc, give him a chance ❗


  4. The same raves were made of Marveaux;
    But so far, he’s been a no show;
    So let’s not get carried away;
    Especially as there’s still one more day;
    But please divnt get iz wrang;
    I’d rather have Santon than Asamoah Gyan.


  5. CT “he`s only 20, Pootle etc, give him a chance ”

    I never said I wouldnt give him a chance?!.
    In fact, thats the stone-cold opposite of what I said. I’m seriously beginning to think you cant read.

    Is it possible for you to make a sensible point about anything? LOL


  6. He, along with all the other new boys will require several matches settling in.

    Cabaye has done better than all the new signings so far but then, based on his record and his various plaudits, I think most people expected there was a reasonable chance he would deliver the goods. It is good he has started well but even Cabaye still needs time.

    The rest have looked ok, except Ba, and had some mixed performances but all the new players still require time before any judgements can really be made.

    My position from the start has been that all the new players will take time to adapt to the League, the country and the region.
    The fact we are bringing so many in at once also means it will take time for the team to gel too. It also means we need pretty much all of them to be successful. All of this means we are taking a fairly big risk and we need it to pay off.

    I’m not going to start spunking a nut just because we have bought them.
    Most of them have promise but question marks of some sort against them so the time to start declaring how wonderful they all are is when they start proving they can live up to the hype consistantly.

    Cabaye is already beginning to – although even he still has a way to go to reach the sort of performance most people think he is capable of.


  7. Actually CT I want you to specifically show me where I said Santon shouldn’t be given a chance.
    Or hinted it.



  8. AlanPardewproject @58

    Graeme Courtney is a gobsh*te
    Ive endured his talksport drivel before – he just repeats old tosh that anyone could find online, don’t believe a word of it. Pish

    Awesome news on Santon though, hoping we can pull off one of Cisse, Maiga or Roux the morra

    And if we’re going to dip into the loan market – forget about Macheda…. how about some CB cover?


  9. I love how Mourinho, probably the greatest man manager in football today, wanted rid of him because his external lifestyle conflicted with his football (i.e. he’s an idiot), yet the man management clown that is Pardew is somehow going to get the best out of him.

    This I have to see!

    It’s a backwards step from Enrique, and cost us more money.


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