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!
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.