One of the success stories at Newcastle this season has been 21 year-old Davide Santon, who is the only ever-present in the Premier League for Newcastle this season, and seems to be getting better and better in a Newcastle shirt.
Davide Santon - telling Yohan Cabaye where to go
And Davide played the whole game for Italy in their 1-1 in Holland lat week, and of course goalkeeper Tim Krul also played the whole game for Holland.
And like most players who have been at the club over a year, he is getting very good at speaking English, albeit with a Geordie accent.
There is lots of interest from italian clubs in young Davide, and that’s hardly surprising because of the way he’s been playing for the club this season, and he’s been interviewed today in the Evening Chronicle:
“At the moment this is the only place to play for me.” “There are not a lot of Italians in the Premier League, just Fabio Borini.” “The Premier League is better than Serie A and better than La Liga. The fans here are the best.”
“Playing at Newcastle has also helped me get back into the Italy squad.” “My coach in Italy is happy with me and so is Mr Pardew. I will keep giving 100%” “Now it is all about European football for us with two big games coming up.”
“We think the Europa League is really important for us this year, but there is still much to play for in the Premier League too. Both competitions are important for us.” “We’re still close to the top 10 remember.”
“Don’t forget our two important wins against Villa and Chelsea.” “It takes us to 27 points and the position is really tight.” “If we get three points we’re back in 10th position.”
Davide’s close but we need 4 points to get into 11th place and 6 points (7 with goal difference taken into account to overtake Stoke, who are in 10th place at the moment, but we have to play them soon at home – so we could gain 3 points on the Midlands side then.
Davide is still not the finished article at Newcastle, and her still has some work to do on his defending and his positional play – but his attacking play is simply first rate – and yes – he would make a great winger for the club.
Don’t forget that a certain Gareth Bale also started his career at left back and he was very good moving forward.
We’d be surprised if Davide plays on Thursday evening in the Europa League,since we would think that new boy Massadio Haidara, the 20 year-old left back from Nancy would get his first outing in the first team on Valentines Day.
Davide cost £5M from Inter-Milan eighteen months ago – but he’s turned into another tremendous acquisition by the Tyneside club – heaven knows how much he would cost if and when he leaves Newcastle – just let’s say a lot.
For the record Davide has played 57 times for the club – but still has to score his first goal.
We ran this heart wrenching story yesterday on Eve Miller – please help the 10 year-old if you possibly can – many thanks.
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