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This Lad’s Been A Success Story This Season

10:45 am, Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

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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.

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Tags: Coaching · Davide Santon · Europa League · European Competition





14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Markaccus… Dont worry i wouldn’t consider it racist asian and particularly Japanese people do have trouble with l’s and r’s thats why theres like you say a whole website dedicated to these spelling mistakes :)

  • 2 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Id rest santon and play haidara. Its easy to forget daves played every game so far this season it will take its toll eventually.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    rainrix and markaccus

    It is believed that the chinese version of English will be the dominant language world wide in 30 years time. Heard this on some documentary.

  • 4 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Sage… Mainly because its what we’ll all be speaking in the chinese concentration camps ;)

  • 5 dannyboy // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Santon is in love with a geordie ! he is going nowere until she kops of with one of the georide shore lads and hes heartbroken . . . . .

  • 6 dannyboy // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    santon seems to be the fittest player in our team in terms of not getting injured and his no stop bombing forward ! he never seems to break a sweat , when every1 else looks shattered ! i do feel we miss enrique though , jose made jonas look good as spidey would hold up the ball pass back to jose who would whip a cracking ball in , its so obvious what santon is going to do and his crossing isnt great , i know it was a lovely ball for jonas against chealsea but i do feel he would be a great rb, he is so young and bags of potential

  • 7 JackButler // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    In a few years time I honestly believe that Santon will be up there with the best as going forward he has been brilliant this season, just need to learn how to defend now ;)

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    santon really needs to work on crossing with his left foot to be a long term left back.

    Sometimes you need to whip in a good ball and don’t have time to cut inside.

  • 9 Markaccus // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    In all fairness, western speach has an entirely different stucture, not to mention alphabet! I think asians do well to convert at all! Their english is better than my mandarin/cantonese any day!

  • 10 TorqToon // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Been one of our top signings in recent times in my opinion.

    Would still like him to be progressed into an advanced role with Massadio in behind him.

    Nice to see GC turn down ‘the next big thing’ out of Asia…only for the Makems to make a swoop! Haha Clearly they followed Mr Carr over there…but didn’t read his report.

    Plenty of NUFC scouts throughout Belgium so that’s the next league will be tapping into I think. Some top quality young players over there, like!

  • 11 nufc 11 // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Still dont agree he is a LB his very good going forward but his defending can be very shady at times the Man C and Everton games at home comes to mind, he is def an attacking right sided midfielder tho love to see him in that posistion more with yanga moving to LB, Santon reminds me of Bale in his younger days Harry used him at LB and it never suited but wen he moved him to the wing he exploded onto the scence, on sat santon bombed forward in the closing mins and had a chance to slip in cisse but cudnt bcoz he had to check bk to his better foot to do so very fustrating credit to him that his playing so well ina posistion not his own IMO

  • 12 GarageFlower // Feb 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    His defending is awful,he is really good going forward and moving him up would turn him into a much better player it just seems like a no-brainer to me.

  • 13 santoon army // Feb 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Can’t agree more with most of you, he’s poor on defending. I’ve heard that at the earlier stage of his career he was a striker at Inter Milan only for the then Inter manager, Jose Mourinho, moved him to the left back.

  • 14 stingray // Feb 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Agree. Can understand he was played at left back when we had no other option, but should not be long term position. He is great going forward, and until the recent influx one if the few players who drives and thrusts forward, but the fact he comes inside every time is too predictable and misses this opportunities to get beyond the defensive line. His position is either right wing or right back, and we must play at least one left foot capable person down the left, instead of Davide and Jonas.




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