Newcastle fans have not seen much at all of new £5.3M signing from Inter-Milan, Italian International Davide Santon.
Davide Santon – plays tonight for the Reserves
And the good news is that he knows he will have to fight for his place in the Newcastle first team, and he seems only too willing to do just that.
Santon will play tonight at Swansea for the Newcastle Reserve side, and it will be his first game since having fluid drained from his knee 9 days ago in London.
Hopefully, that has done the trick for Davide’s knee, and there will be no need to have key-hole surgery to remove scar tissue, which was from a previous operation on the knee.
Davide has had a slow start to his Newcastle United career, mainly because of the injury he picked up almost two weeks ago now, but we have to hope he comes through the game tonight.
20 year-old Santon has been looking for a new home on Tyneside with his parents, who will live with him initially, to ensure he settles down well in Newcastle.
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Santon talked to the Newcastle press today:
“I will give everything on the pitch and show that I am a good player.” “There are already good players here and I must show what I have first.”
“But I am happy about the challenge that lies ahead for me.” “I want to show my character and be a great player for Newcastle.”
“I can play on the right or the left.” “Obviously, I am a defender, but I enjoy going forward!” “In time I want to be settled here.”
“But I can enjoy life here at Newcastle and I am looking forward to playing in front of a packed house at St James’ Park as soon as I can.”
Those are good words from the youngster, and Santon will have a fight on his hands to replace Ryan Taylor at left back, since the Liverpool born utility player has done very well so far, filling in for the departed Spaniard Jose Enrique.
And Santon is well aware of the challenge that Ryan has given him, but that’s what football is all about after all, and competition brings out the very best in players.
But Santon can also play in many different positions, and even played on the wing for Inter-Milan, his previous club, and we have a feeling that full back may not turn out to be the best position for the 7 times capped Italian on Tyneside.
It will be good to see Davide in the black and white colors of Newcastle United, just as soon as possible.