So we’ve signed an Italian from an Italian club to replace a Spaniard, but who is this lad?
It’s Davide Santon of course!
But surely, as he is now a Newcastle United player, you’ll want to know a bit more about him? Especially considering the jibes he has had to put up with from Joey Barton recently. Ironic really considering Santon has played more International and European football than Barton has served porridge.
The 6’2″ Italian has been speaking to the local press today after he returned from captaining the Italy U-21s to a 3-0 win over their Hungarian counterparts. The 20-year-old is in line to make his debut at QPR on Monday evening and he insists that he is ready for the occasion.
“I feel that I am ready. I am naturally both-footed,” Santon told the Evening Chronicle. “It is no problem to play on either side as a full-back or on the right wing or left. I am defender but if the manager asks me to attack as well, it’s not a problem.”
“I have watched so many Premier League games on TV at home in Italy, now I just want to be part of one of those games. Already I feel by watching these games that I will be comfortable with the pace in the Premier League.”
Davide continued: “I just want to be part of this team. I am overjoyed still to be a Newcastle United player. I want to win and the sooner I pull on the famous black-and-white striped shirt the better. I can’t wait for this experience now.”
Santon was born on the 2nd January 1991, in Portomaggiore, Ferrara. He has a similar playing style to Jose Enrique in fairness and he runs down both flanks energetically and is willing to support the attack.
He was scouted by Inter Milan at the age of 14 and joined the club from Ravenna. He won many trophies with Inter during his youth and that contributed towards him being given his senior debut under Jose Mourinho. It was in the Coppa Italia quarter final against Roma and he played the entire match.
Four days later he made his Seria A debut against Sampdoria – a game which Inter 1-0. He’s also played against the best winger in the world, in his European debut against Manchester United. He kept Cristiano Ronaldo relatively quiet and gained praise from the Portuguese international.
Inter won the league in the 2008-2009 season and Santon contributed with 15 appearances. From then on in Davide was used as a utility man to fill the roles of Maicon and Chivu when injuries got the better of them.
On the day we lost Andy Carroll to Liverpool, he was sent out on loan to Cesena until the end of the season, Inter got Yugo Nagatomo in return for the deal. After his loan spell had finished, he spent pre-season with Inter only to be signed by Newcastle United just before the transfer window closed. It’s a move that the young Italian seems happy with in fairness. He said:
“Alan Pardew told me that the club have a plan to grow together. I feel this is the right place for me now and wouldn’t have left a club like Inter if it wasn’t.”
“I came here because it is a big club and I felt it could benefit my career. I’m happy that I have been given this chance.”
“I just want to show the Newcastle fans that I am a great player and help them continue what has been a great start to the season.”
He’s a huge prospect and it’s a real coup to have him at Newcastle. He probably has the ability to progress and become a real star player and has the potential to live up to the early hype give to him by famous names such as Mourinho, Lippi and Ronaldo.
Hopefully he live up to the hype!