It’s always difficult for a youngster to leave his home country and settle in England.
Davide Santon – has settled down well on Tyneside
But that’s exactly what Davide Santon had to do last August, when Newcastle signed the Italian International for around £5M from top Italian club Inter-Milan.
And when he came over, his parents came with him to ensure the lad settled down well in Newcastle, but Davide’s parents didn’t stay as long as they thought they’d need to, since Davide settled very quickly on Tyneside adn was helped big time by the club and his fellow players.
The 21-year-old 7 times capped Italian international has started Newcastle’s last three games, and he looks like a top player for Newcastle in the future.
Alan Pardew has talked about Santon today:
“Davide was only kept out of the team because Ryan Taylor was absolutely brilliant, and probably the outstanding player in the first half of the season in terms of what was expected of him.”
“He’s had to be patient, but that patience has helped him settle.” “His English is better, and I think he’ll grow with every game now.”
We’ve been very impressed with Davide when he’s played in the Newcastle shirt, and it’s obvious he’s already an accomplished player with great technical ability.
While he’s right footed and started his career as a right winger before being converted to a left-back by the great Jose Mourinho , he seems very comfortable at left back.
But we have a suspicion that Newcastle will sign a left footed left back maybe this summer, and that Davide Santon will be moved over to right back at some time in the future.
Of course, Danny Simpson will have something to say about that, if indeed he sign his new contract and stays at Newcastle.
We think Davide already looks like a good signing at just over £5M for the magpies, and there’s a lot more to come from the young Italian.
Davide has so far played 9 times for Newcastle and he played 53 times at Inter-Milan, and 11 times for Cesena while out on loan there early last year.
The 6’2″ Santon is currently captain of the Italian U21 side, and has played for them 15 times.
He has yet to score a goal in his football career.
Maybe this afternoon at Craven Cottage?