Davide Santon has already played in the European Champions League with his former club Inter Milan.
Davide Santon – I will get better
Santon started his career with a bang at Inter, and he had made 7 appearances for the Italian first team when he was just 20 years old.
Santon made his senior debut with the Italian team aged 18, in June of 2009 in a friendly game against Northern Ireland played in Pisa.
Strangely enough another Newcastle left back was playing in that game, and it was the only International appearance for our very own Shane Ferguson – so far and Shane may get his second cap next Tuesday night against Norway.
Italy won that game 3-0 and at the moment Davide is playing in the Italian U21 side, having represented his country also at U16, U17 and U20 level, and it’s a good question whether he will make the Italian squad for the upcoming European Championships in the summer.
Davide has spoken with the press today:
“It’s not just the Wolves game we’re thinking about, it’s the next one as well.” “It’s important that we win both games so that we remain in a good position in the table, and hopefully play in the Champions League.”
“It’s absolutely fantastic to play in the Champions League against some of the best teams in the world.” “This club wouldn’t be out of place. Just to get there would be a fantastic achievement.”
“What we’ve got now is a young squad which is improving all the time.” “In the next few years, the team will grow in confidence and strength.” “It’s difficult – there are lots of strong teams in the Premier League.”
“But if we can get there, we have merited it.” “I feel good. I get on very well with my team-mates and, as I play more matches, I will be better.” “I spoke to some of my friends at Inter, and I said I feel more settled here because it’s a younger squad.”
“I’m settled here, and I’ve made friends.” “I really like the English way of playing.” “It’s much more aggressive, but a lot of space is created, which means I can go forward.” “That’s what I like to do, go forward.”
Davide says he is more relaxed at Newcastle, and of course the many youngsters at Newcastle must have been a great help in helping the young Italian settle down so quickly on Tyneside.
But the 6’2″ youngster has now nailed down that left-back spot on Tyneside and he will be improving all the time, and of course his potential is just immense.
And it’s no coincidence that some of his previous managers like Jose Mourinho and Marcello Lippi, have already compared him to the great Italian left-back Paolo Maldini.
Davide makes a good point that the team is young, and there are still a number of players adjusting to the Premier League, like himself.
Those players include Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa and others – and they should all become better players for Newcastle in the future.
Just thinking of that, makes the future look so positive for Newcastle. 😀