Santon – I Live Like A King In Newcastle


Davide Santon seems to have picked up a thigh injury at the Italian U21 training camp, and we’re expecting more news today on just how bad the injury may be.

davide santon scoring ncle gopal at wigan

Davide Santon scoring his first goal for Newcastle on Sunday

And Davide has been interviewed by the Italian press today, and he talks about really liking things at Newcastle – and of his engagement and that his fiance is expecting their first baby.

This is what Davide told Gazzetta dello Sport today:

“I’m really happy in Newcastle,” “I like the city, the club and the atmosphere.” “I’m also engaged to Chloe and we’re expecting a baby in May. I live like a king in Newcastle and I have a contract until 2016.”

“A return to Italy? I’ve heard of the interest from Milan in me and that is really pleasing,” “I’m not sure what would happen if another Italian club came in for me, but I’d seriously think about packing my bags for Milan.”

“I owe Inter a lot,” . “I was happy there, but it is not my fault that I was born as a Milan fan…”

So does that mean that if AC Milan came in for him this summer he would want to leave Newcastle – sounds like it doesn’t it – but he’s now cost a lot more than the £5M we paid for him..

AC Milan made an inquiry about Santon last summer, and apparently during the January transfer window, but Newcastle turned down both approaches for a player who is till improving in a black and white shirt.

Davide is now a better player than he was when he first arrived from Inter-Milan in August of 2011, but he’s not yet the finished article, and still improving.

And of course he scored his first goal for the club last Sunday.

And finally, please sign this petition to get the FA to do their job, following their disappointing decision to do nothing on McManaman’s tackle on Massadio Haidara on Sunday

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24 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    more injuries eh ohhhh my lord its gunna be a rough end to the season

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t argue with a player wanting to return to his him country and his club he supports.

    Especially when that is one of the biggest teams in world football and in a beautiful city.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Agree about Martinez and said same yesterday. Every year his team only reacts with 20% of the season left! I dont think he’s a good motivator and his teams dont seem capable of grinding out results. He has never managed a big club like NUFC ( not the be all and end all, but it helps in terms of the politics, pressure, fans , media etc ) . I cant say I’m wildly impressed with Pardew although I loved him last season, and we look useless without Cabaye. Once we went 1-0 down to Wigan I’m sure many fans knew we wouldnt win, because he is so defense minded. He needs to get more creative players in the team but struggles with that because most creative players from France etc do not fully understand the workrate he demands.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    I would happily say goodbye to Santon and get another young player who can defend and attack. ! Awful defensively for Wigans first goal. Probably shouldnt be playing full back.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Agreed Sage. If he is a Milan fan and they came calling willing to pay our asking price then you can’t begrudge the lad the move. Similar to if San Lorenzo stump up for Colo in the Summer.

    I wouldn’t want him to leave, but Haidara seems capable enough to fill his boots if he were to depart, and I’m sure we would have someone on Carr’s list who could come in.

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh thats saddening, the lad generally looks happy here but if his boyhood club comes in then its gonna be hard to keep him. I would say he’s quite young so hopefully he’ll see theres plenty of time for him left in his career, he can stay and develop himself here and then if he wants to move on he can later.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Sadly, its likely we will lose to City of they are in the mood ( debateable ) and I would worry about the players starting to seize up a bit with pressure if that happens. Still think we will be ok though.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Munster mag
    Don’t just blame Santon
    I think Elliot could done a lot better.

    The cross came in from the byeline in the air in the six yard box.

    As far as I am concerned The keeper should come and collect ALL high balls into the six yard box from out wide

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Transfer,

    I have to say, if I was paying an employee £70,000 a week or there abouts i’d be a tad concerned with this. After all, he is supposed to be healing a broken back haha.

    I actually find this quite funny in all honesty. My work mates were telling me this morning about exactly the same thing then this video and article came up. I had to post it.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Munster,

    Not all players with creativity have work ethic. But that doesn’t mean they should be left out. Great if they do both (Ronaldo, Messi, Giggs, Bale), but sometimes you just have to accept it. Pards doesn’t seem willing to do that. Even with HBA he refused to play him until he was putting the defensive effort in required. Who knows if that has been detrimental to the lad. Could you imagine Keegan saying “Right Mr Ginola, until you start defending properly you won’t be playing.” Sheer madness, you have players in to cover that sort of a talent, much like we did with Batty and Lee in that midfield.

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  • t00ntime

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    @munster guess u want rid of haidara too? He was useless for their 1st goal too.
    I think a big problem was haidara just came on+had no time to warm up. Santon just switched sides, and if pundits are to believed swapping sides can be confusing as u might confuse sides.
    Santon made a mistake, he is young and will learn. I cant see us getting anyone with his potenial or skill for a while. We need to give him the right defensive training etc. at a young age has already defended against bale+ronaldo, played in the CL etc, he has exp.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    In regards to Santon,

    I think he is going to be a classy fullback in the future, at the moment he still has alot to learn though.

    I’d love another Debuchy kind of player at leftback in all honesty, with just that more experience in him.

    It’s great having young players with potential, but you can’t beat experience for me. Not when it comes to fullbacks (wingbacks).

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Charlie
    Agree mate anything high in the 6 yard box should be the keepers, I like santon personally think he’s a promising young player, not sure if ppl forget his age but look at others his age at the club sammy fergie etc, stand out young player for us imo
    Also not many mentioning the fact that tayls mbiwa and Perchy all airshot at the ball for wigans second goal the whole backline has suspect moments this season feel santon is being singled out now simmo’s not in the squad

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Prodigy
    I agree mate but there’s only one these lads will gain experience and I think santon just needs regular football in a settled regular backline which due to injuries we haven’t had this season
    Think he’s too good to go on loan like

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  • martoon

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon-Prodigy with regard to Colo – I can tell you that he was really injured – I know someone who was present at his scan and could barely move move then.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Munster (from previous)

    I think you are doing Santon an injustice to be fair. He is not a “shocking” defender. Yes, he likes to get forward, and yes he makes mistakes sometimes. Most players do when they are young. This is still his first season playing regularly in the EPL lest we forget. He wouldn’t have played for Italy U21 if he was as bad as you make out.

    I remember a young English full back who in his first 4/5 years playing in the Prem and at international level was a poor defender and regularly made mistakes, but he was pretty handy going forward. That lad went on to be widely regarded as one of, if not the, best left backs in the world. Ashley Cole.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    BTW, I’m not saying Santon will be as good as Cole, but no need to go overboard knocking the young lad while he is still learning the game.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Alreet Tads,

    I like Santon, he’s a good player. And your right about injuries this season, our back four has been changed so many times it’s a joke.

    If I could choose though i’d have a more experienced left back who Santon could learn alot from. No doubt about it though, Santons come on alot this season. He is doing very well. Just lacking that experience i think at the minute.

    martoon, (notice the small m) ; )

    I don’t think for one second Colo feigned an injury mate. That would be a major conspiracy, not one I’d go for though. The rumour is that he may not be coming back. I just put it up for a secondary discussion. My eyes are bleeding from all the Haidara and FA talk since Sunday.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    toonarmydownsouth
    Yeah – kinds of grates on me how we the FANS tend to pick someone out and lambast him.

    This season its been Simpson then Williamson now Santon
    In my eyes none of those players have let the club down all given 100% when on the field.

    Santon is still raw – he is going to be a class act – just give him a chance and be patient

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  • martoon

    Mar 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon-Prodigy – Fair enough – oh and I appreciate the small ‘m’ 😉

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  • ichrisho

    Mar 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #21

    He has a baby on the way already… Geordie lasses dont mess around do they? 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe I’m being harsh on Santon but he’s vastly overrated IMO. Appreciate he’s young and its easy to forget that. But he shows no signs of being a good defender. He doesnt close wingers fast enough and badly lacks space awareness. He has great energy but does little real damage in the last third in terms of consistent crosses. Haidara is also young but personally I think a more trustworthy defender who also comes with a name for strong attacking work, from what I read. I may be unfair to Santon but think people think a diamond is going to emerge and I’m not sure. Re Cole, he was a better defender at that age, and a much more eager tackler.

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Santon have not yet even a finish product and he is already have a though of leaving.

    But we will see as time passes

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Santon was not a defender to start by natural, it was JM that switch him from Winger.

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