The Excellent Davide Santone Plays Just Like Paulo Maldini


Paulo Maldini was one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game of football.

The great (Paulo)  Maldini

Paulo played over 900 times for AC Milan and 126 times for the Italian National side, in a career that spanned from 1984 until he recently retired in 2009, when Maldini was 41 years of age, and he was still good at the end of his career too.

And we also know that at least one of Davide Santon’s previous managers, the great Jose Mourinho when he was at Inter, has paid Newcastle’s new signing the ultimate compliment,  by saying he reminded him of the great Maldini.

And Davide was really impressive in the Reserve team’s 5-3 win at Swansea last night and he moved forward down the left wing at every opportunity.

And would you believe it, Newcastle Reserve team manager Peter Beardsley, who knows a thing or two about football and good players, has come out and said that Davide reminded him of Paulo Maldini.

But Peter added that he didn’t want to raise expectations too high either – yeah right!

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This is what Peter said after the game last night:

“I thought Santon was excellent,” “He very rarely gives the ball away, joins in well, he’s two footed.”

“When I look at him – and I don’t want to put people’s expectations too high – but when I look at Paolo Maldini, he plays the same way.”

“He’s obviously nowhere near that level yet but he reminds me very much of him, the way he wants to play, the way he wants to bomb forward, and to be fair to him he’s quite happy to defend.”

“He’s very clever. He’s a good footballer, there’s no doubt about it.” “To be a right-footed left-back, you’ve got to have confidence and he has.”

“But he’s two-footed, he’s very two-footed. I’d say possibly his right’s stronger, but overall I’d say he’s very two-footed and I think the manager’s made a good decision there to buy him.”

The good news is that the former Inter Milan left-back Santon came through the game completely unscathed last night,  and Alan Pardew has said today in his pre-match interview,  that Davide will be in the squad for the Wolves game on Saturday.

Santon is a very attacking full-back and came close to scoring  twice last night, and from what we hear,  Newcastle may have made one terrific acquisition in getting this 20 year-old to Newcastle.

It will be great to see Davide playing in the Newcastle first team, and sooner rather than later, although manager Alan Pardew will certainly not rush the youngster, who of course still has lots of room to improve.

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55 comments so far

  • Hemel Mag

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to seeing this guy play- speaking of which I’ve been let down with tickets for Saturday, if anyone knows of any??

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  • Satan

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #2

    cant wait to see this guy, but not sure we should be comparing him to Maldini….thats a huge weight of expectation heaped onto a new player thats been here 5 minutes

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Davide “Maldini” Santone.
    Seems like one for the future 😛

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Atleast we know that Santon will now be on the bench for Saturday, really hope he gets a cameo atleast.
    The lad deserves 10 minutes to show what he can do.

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  • Alinufc

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #5

    repost…

    is it funny that the least rated player in our team (i.e. simpson) is the highest rated player in the premier league rankings?

    http://www.premierleague.com/page/PlayerPerformanceIndex

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  • Angry Prat The Angry Prat

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I hate all you Ashley lovers.

    Sack the board.

    Lets organise a protest against Ashley.

    We should never have sold Nolan and Barton.

    Etc, Etc, Etc

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  • GarageFlower

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye is ranked 71,so you can’t read that much into it.

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  • GarageFlower

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Not that I’m saying Danny Simpson is a bad player either though,He is in the team on merit.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #9

    One worry of playing Santon this weekend (and Ben Arfa, Gosling…) is that our opponenet is Wolves. The tackles are gonna be strong and we are under the risk of injuring them again.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    the last time i heard this story was pistone and look how that turned out to be fair ive had a look at him on you tube to be fair he looks superb ,jose enrique s got nowt on this lad if hes as good as his you tube videoes but we ll see a soppose think maybe in a couple a years we could be selling this kid for close to 50 million

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  • Alinufc

    Sep 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #11

    i have nothing against simpson either i reckon he does a good job on right but if you were to ask anyone on the blog (from what iv seen, sorry if misrepresenting views) who our weakest player is most would say simpson. Edd even wrote one other day saying our full backs weakest player. Really does confuse me these so called “football experts”

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Alinofc staylor is ranked 14 m8 just thought id point that out.

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  • Alinufc

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks boom boom didnt notice that :O point still stands bout how high he is (although glad to see him there)

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #14

    haha danny simpson rated number 20 and luis suarez 36 ha ha ha priceless

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    good auld beardo best way not to raise expectations about a young right back compare him to paolo maldini fcuk sake best left back ever ha ha well done pedro.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #16

    and yeah i know santons a left back not right back although he is right footed i know some fcuker will pick me up on that

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  • sammydolan

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone selling there wolves ticket?

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #18

    @BOOM BOOM THE 1ST
    I’ll pick u up on that!
    Maldini was right footed too, but he was one of the best LBs ever to have played… 😉

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 29, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic

    Fifa 12 final rateng

    1. Harper – 75 2. Coloccini – 79 3. Santon – 75 4. Cabaye – 80 5. Simpson – 75 6. Williamson – 75 8. Guthrie – 72 10.Ben Arfa – 79 11.Lovenkrands – 71 13. Abeid – 54 15. Gosling – 73 16. R. Taylor – 73 18. Gutierrez – 79 19. Ba – 79 20. Best – 72 22. Marveaux – 75 23. Sh. Ameobi – 71 24. Tiote – 78 25. Obertan – 71 26. Krul – 75 27. S. Taylor – 76 28. Sa. Ameobi – 63 29. Vuckic – 61 30. Ranger – 67 31. Ferguson – 56

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  • ochytoon

    Sep 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #20

    JAMSHA
    All fair except maybe Best’s. Whats your source?

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  • dmac

    Sep 29, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Id be suprised with Jamsha ratings. Not because i dont think our players are good enough as i do, just games like fifa and pro evo and footie manager always make us sh1t for no reason.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Wow quiet night tonight

    Very much looking forward to Santon getting some game time soon (hopefully against Wolves) however he has a lot to live up to in order to be a Jose replacement in my eyes but am not expecting that to happen very soon hopefully he will be solid defensively

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  • Kris

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #23

    This ratings should FIFA had:
    Krul 77
    Harper 74
    Elliot ?
    Simpson 75
    Santon ?
    Colo 80
    S.Taylor 78
    Willo 75
    R.Taylor 75
    Ferguson 68
    Obertan 75
    Guti 78
    Cabaye 80
    Tiote 80
    Gosling 75
    Guthrie 75
    Smith 69
    Vuckic 68
    Ben Arfa 79
    Sammy 69
    Marveaux 77
    Lovenkrands 73
    Shola 69
    Best 77
    Ba 79
    Ranger 73

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #24

    I got Fifa 12 delivered today (nice surprise) started a career as Toon boss Cabaye within the 1st 2 months is now an 82 Ba is 81 Ben Arfa 80. The game is immense.

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Transfer deadline day is amazing aswell

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #26

    colwell
    Whats NUFCs transfer budget to begin with mate?

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #27

    its 19mil or just over mate but I changed my wages etc and then Genoa offered 8.5m for Jonas had to take it lol

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  • Andy

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Think i am spending my whole weekend hammering fifa this weekend like haha. Toon game sat then bash fifa till the early hours. Bit worried about wolves away. Could be a very tough game depending on which wolves side actually turn up.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #29

    19mil? Hmmm thats gonna be some tough decisions on who to clear out 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what I can do with that

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Been on it all day and will only stop when we play Sat GF is not impressed lol

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #31

    @wwjbd

    We actually have a big squad quite easy to work with.

    Loaned all the young players out signed Doumbia for 25m he is amazing Lens and van der wiel.

    tried Neymar his value is 44mil f##k that lol

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  • Andy

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Player growth is decent on it this year as well isn’t it? Good! What is marveaux like?

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #33

    you can sign sturridge for 21m but I pulled it Doumbia is better.

    Bet this site will be quite tomorrow.

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #34

    @Andy

    he`s ok not as good as he should be and yeah player growth really improved, you have the scouts aswell signing up Argentinean wonderkids at 25k a piece is good lol

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh mate I havent even considered who to punt for in the transfers market haha hopefully buy it tomorrow then my life stops 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh aye the scouting option is back isnt it cracking 😀

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #37

    @wwjbd

    life stops for you and about 10 million others. The best feeling in the world when you see someone has bid 1.9m for Shola lol

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  • Andy

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #38

    haha pretty sure selling shola is an achievement in fifa 12

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Scouting option is so good the longer you scout a player the more accurate his potential is say 1st time is 60-91 then the next time it could be 68-88 and so forth but you have too watch as other teams poach them brilliant

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  • colwell

    Sep 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #40

    @andy

    there should be a trophy for that alone

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