Davide Santon initially struggled when he came to Newcastle , but as the season went on, the 21 year-old got better and better in that famous black and white strip.
Davide Santon – in action for Newcastle last season
Davide had to be patient, as he was being held back by Alan Pardew until he was fully ready to have a sustained run in the first team, and he got that chance this year.
Ryan Taylor had done a great job at left back in the first half of the season, but Davide played some very good games, and deserved to hold down his first team spot this year, even though he is still on a learning curve.
Davide was pleased with his first season at Newcastle, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“It went really well. It was successful for the team but successful for me as well,” “I’m starting to get to know the team and make friends and it’s been a really good season.”
“I’ve played a lot of games since breaking into the side. At the start I didn’t, but that was a good period for me. The manager gave me a chance to study, to find out about the team and where I was.”
“It got me used to a new club and a new country and even though no player likes being sat on the bench, I can see that it did me good.” “The Premier League is fantastic. I love it,”
“It seems like every year English football is getting better, and therefore I’m thankful that I made the right choice to leave Italian football and come here.”
“I hope I am going to stay here for a few years to come, and I hope next season is just as good for us as a team.” “I am really happy here in England and this is where I want to be.”
Davide is now back in Italy visiting his parents and his palsand will be back in his home country until the beginning of July, when pre-season starts up again.
It took a while for Davide to become accustomed to the much faster pace, and the more physical nature of the Premier League.
But he improved a lot last season, and we fully expect him to be a better player next season, in one of the full back positions for Newcastle.
For the record Davide made 27 appearances for Newcastle last season, and he showed he is a very good professional for one so young, and the Italian International was a good buy at only £5M from Inter-Milan.