Davide Santon – I Want To Be A Great Player For Newcastle

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.

Davide needs his Mom’s lasagna – but which Italian youngster wouldn’t?

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.

Comments welcome.

106 comments so far

  • Saka_Bartoon

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1


  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    If Santon Hits the ground running, do we really need pieters?

    If Santon does in fact hit the ground running and amazes everyone, I hope a young Center back starlet is brought in as 4th choice.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Santoon, if that happens play him RB we need pieters to play LB and can cover CB also he’s really a must buy in January

  • spitfire_

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    You will be Saint-toon, you will be.

  • nimo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I know a lot of slated the idea of getting ridgewell in but c’mon if we get peiters we got great back 4 but what happens when collo or ste t gets injured.. williamson is only a good player if u never actually seen him play n perch is worse

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Damn, i wanna see this guy in action as much as i wanted HBA back on the pitch.
    Did well in his first reserve game, will be interesting to see how he does today.
    Comes with a great pedigree and all that.
    Want to see what he’s all about. Hope he gets a run out at Wolves.

  • voodoo85

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    hey guys, Alan Pardew is currently ranked 1st (41% of vote) on the official Premier League website for manager of month for september

    Link: http://www.premierleague.com/page/Home
    bottom right of page

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    does anyone know when Vidic is back for man poo?

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    @Ameobi No.9
    Seems he’s back, or very close, he’s been called up for Slovenia U-21.

  • Phatoon

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    @Ameobi No.9

    Physioroom has “No Return Date”. Haven’t heard anything myself either


    Did you think he was talking about Vuckic? I think Vidic is a little old for U-21 duty 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11


    OOps, should’ve noticed the “for Man poo” part 😛
    My bad, if it’s Vidic then no clue.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    no bother lads, cheers.

    Just hoping he is out long enough to miss the match against us

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13

    very slow news day… yawn

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Loving this Tevez nonsense – Pish funny!!

    Come join Toon my boy, believe we have a #9 shirt vacant hahaha:)

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Could do with some bickering:

    MA a better owner than FS overall?

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16

    could well be?

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Would say FS showed more passion towards the club.
    And i’d also say he was allot better at communicating.
    If we dislike something he did we could atleast do it in unison.
    Feels like things went downhill when Sir John Hall sold out.

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #18

    on a slow news day what do we need a cartoon of jonas in a spiderman costume i hear you ask well here you go 😛
    you didnt ask but i was really bored at work

  • Louis583

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    And it was certainly an eventful afternoon for all involved.
    Be it the sight of goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman managing to fall over at the start of every game, or midfielder Cheik Tiote stocking up on enough paint grenades to satisfy an army, it is fair to say that everyone got fully immersed in the afternoon’s activities.

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheik Tiote = ONE MAN ARMY


    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

    lee_ryder #nufc steven taylor is still yet to lose a tackle this season, and is now ranked 14th in the EA SPORTS plyer performance index.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #22

    lads is roberto martinez wearing makup in that interview about tevez he looks like hes wearing lipstick and some sort of skin coloring its disgusting hes like mrs doubtfire.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #23

    @BOOM BOOM THE 1ST #21
    I saw that mate, shows that our 4th spot is no fluke imo.

  • bills-son

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Dannyo – you ask if Ashley is a better owner than Shepherd. Here is a reply I gave to Munster Mag who said Ashley can take no credit for the good things happening at NUFC …

    Munster Mag – Ashley appointed Kinnear on a month to month contract because at the point he wanted to sell the club and he didn’t want any new owner to be saddled with a manager on a long contract. Thats what happened to Ashley when he inherited Allardyce and it cost him millions to sack him and his vast entourage.

    Dennis Wise was a seriously bad appointment and Ashley recognised that by getting shot of him.

    Barton criticised Ashley openly and irrespective of how good he was as a player it was Ashley’s right as his paymaster to decide to get shot of him. Only a patsy makes popular decisions that please everybody all the time and one thing Ashley defo is not is a patsy. For what its worth I agreed with getting rid of Barton but I understand those who don’t.

    The point is though that nobody is pefect and gets it right all the time. Not me, you, Ashley or even Alex Ferguson. However, since Ashley decided to keep the club after relegation he has appointed two managers the fans didn’t want at the time and both have done well. He’s built up the youth acedemy since the day he came, has now stopped trophy signings on stupid wages, forced the manager and scouting staff to unearth value for money gems, improved the squad and made us one of the most financially stable clubs in the Prem if not Europe.

    All of those where Ashley’s decisions. If you slam him for his mistakes you can’t say that the successes aren’t down to him. Okay we missed out on a CF, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad transfer window. Many fans are now sayimg its one of the best we’ve had in years – seven players in and some absolute belters like Cabaye, Ba, Obertan and Marveaux.

    I get accused of being an Ashley ar$e licker – I’m not – I just don’t let emotions of hatred get in the way of facts. And I don’t judge Ashley on what he did two years ago when he wanted to sell the club but on the last two years when he has wanted to keep it and make it successful.

    Think about this … Sunderland have got an Irish owner that has pumped millions into the club and a Chairman in Quinn that even Toon fans grudgingly like and admire. We have an owner and Chairman that many fans have and still do despise. But … where have Sunderland’s owners millions in the last two transfer markets got them? Look at their squad and team – I’m not taking the pi$$ but its a joke. £13M for Gyan was ludicrous as was £8M for an 18yr old CF in Whickham. Two aging Man U defenders, two midfielders from relegated teams and a loan CF who promises much and delivers sweet fa. I could go on.

    The fact is the owner and Chairman at Sunderland have had no plan nor imposed it on the manager like Ashley has on Hughton and Pardew. Look at their squad now compared to ours. We have a group of young, quick, skilful hungry players and a hardcore of seasoned professionals. We are getting better every game and the Mackems are getting worse. Our fans are getting more excited with every match the Mackems are getting suicidal.

    Knowing what we know now would we swap our owner and chairman for Sunderlands? And even more to the point would we swap Pardew for Bruce? My answer is obvious – whats yours?


    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    1 nil porto looked off side imo.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #26

    2011/2012 will be THE FIRST YEAR for NUFC International Power to fire.
    You did not bad some years ago with god Kevin ( who was also very admirated here in France )
    but from now on you will live some other golden years.
    Your aim is to be top 6 you will be top 3 or 4 max depending on what heaven or hell will send you on the pitch each saturday.
    Your strengthes are also your weaknesses :
    – Five outstanding defence perforators ( Jonas, Marveaux, Obertan, Cabaye, Boss Ben Arfa )
    Great show makers for the toons
    Only big Jonas and maybe cabaye can go through this rather safely.The other three are in danger.
    Be carefull on tough games.Don’t expose them too much.Make them exchangeable with other subs, this is a must anyway in case of injuries.The season is long.
    THIS IS THE MAIN THREAT so be keen also to your english players ( they will be only one ( staylor ) at the end in the prem squad if you still want to replace rtaylor and simpson ).
    They must be operational in case of injuries and the best way to make them ready is to give them some playtime too.Some of them worth it i am sure especially the youngsters.
    Some matches will be too easy for the complete team to play anyway.
    – Two very strong back midfielders with Tiote and Abeid ( Cabaye can also play as a tough back miedfielder ).
    – A good defense very strong heart ( colo and staylor ) which is the most important.
    You still have to define precisely who will play on the wings and how.
    – A good goal keeper Krul or maybe two with harper.
    – TWO AGGRESSIVE STRIKERS Ba and Best will score lots of goals through numerous golden passes.Don’t worry.

    WHO CAN BEAT YOU ? The referee only.
    Anyway if beaten you will go home with the memory of all the flashes of brilliance shown by your players which will be a curative cream on your wound.
    I have lived this already once with Lyon team when both Ben Arfa and also Karim Benzema where playing together.
    Each time i was going to the stadium i was going to a great show with both of them easily eliminating two or three defenders leaving them crazy at the end.
    They were able playing together to perforate any defense in France and even Europe.
    You will have the same in Newcastle because the creator of this game is Ben Arfa and you will see it.
    All that this guy needs is to have partners able to play very quick technical football and you have several of them with cabaye jonas marveaux obertan and also best and ba.
    You were worried about strikers at season start but you have 9 players who can score at anytime in the team ( Colo, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, marveaux, obertan, hba, best and ba ).
    This is far better than only one.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #27

    at 26 what u on pal.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    24- well done bills-son for the unbiased conclusion reaching analysis of our situation. If only others could see past the trees….blind optimism or doom is pointless i dislike ashley when i could see a gradual decline in our play ending in relegation but equally now i am pleased and I prefer to see people who learn from mistakes in their life and improve than those who come somewhere seemingly perfect from the outset (I am one, i went from nearly being sacked in a job to getting a promotion, from learning my way)

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    a few on here make me howl with laughter,Hba old fench frog ,what was all that about

  • valle

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30

    #24 Great post mate

    #26 I love your optimism, keep it up mate :o)

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #32


    just read what you wrote, and there some very good points in there

    firstly,, both chairmen have there good points and bad points,,

    ashley has no clue really how to run a football club, and every mistake he could make he has made it,
    it started quite good, C Mort looked like he new what he was doing, keegan was brought in , but then in my opinion, mort left as he seen the future, and it was dennis wise,
    mort left, then all hell broke out
    aashleys biggest mistake was bringing in dick lambass, a guy who still has no clue, and treats everyone of us as if we are all dumb, i mean the 15 question thingy, hmmm we all new the answers before he answerd, as there is a right and wrong thing to say, in other word tell us what we want to hear,
    his second biggest mistake cost us a season in the championship, bringing in JFK and sticking with him for so long,,
    youth acedemy
    most of the kids other than vuckic where already there,

    a big plus point is the scouting system now in place

    pardew v CH, to me there still is very little between the 2, both would not have been my first choice, havin said that, i think they both have done well with waht the have had

    sunderland,, i think there gona have huge problems moving there guys on, there still trying to compete with the top four, but paying way over the top for players unknown , or past there best pretty much what we used to do,
    now most of that has to land squarely at SB, as i think the owners and chairman have been fantastic for that club,, backing the manager 100%,

    can we say our have backed??

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Dont know if already been said but we have a couple of experienced centre halves on trial

    Zolton liptak 27 yr old 6’4 hungarian inernational and Moras a 30 year old 6’5 greek international .

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Looks like pards will decide on one of them as we really need a 4th centre back especially with big mike out.

    Both seem to be beasts so.considering we have the lost lowest % of headers won in own box could become.a useful.asset.


    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Robby Bobson
    You sure mate? I just looked up the names and both say they are on trail with Swansea

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Scrap what i just said they are playing AGAINST our reserves.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 28, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Shame.though cus im dreading the day perch plays.centre.back

  • Dannyo

    Sep 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Reserves match starting now, the match report is updated on nufc.co.uk.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #39

    If Willo’s initial prognosis still holds, he’ll be back, around the Wigan match. No sweat.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Bills son, you need to get a job son you seem to have far to much time on your hands.


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