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Defender Loving Life At Newcastle – Keen To Stay

9:26 am, Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Davide Santon was signed by Newcastle just over two years ago from Inter-Milan for £5M, and he came highly regarded as a converted left-back, after being a right winger until Jose Mourinho switched him to defense, when he managed the Italian club, and Davide is making good progress at Newcastle, and certainly is worth more than the £5M we signed him for.

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Davide Santon – settled and loving life at Newcastle

The Italian international has been linked with a number of Italian clubs in the last few months, but maybe that’s all paper talk, because the 22 year-old is said to be puzzled by the reports.

Davide has a Geordie girlfriend, and a baby girl Sienna, born in the summer, so it’s not surprising he is settled in at Newcastle, and has always seemed  very happy to be a Newcastle player, because of the passion of the Newcastle fans, and the football mad City of Newcastle upon Tyne.

A close friend of Davide’s has said this in the Chronicle today:

“Davide’s really happy here. He loves it at Newcastle and loves life in the Premier League.” “He is keen to play out the next two years of his contract here at least.”

Santon’s five year contract runs out in two and a half years time – in June of 2016 – and it seems he is keen to stay on Tyneside.

So there you have it, Santon is happy and settled at Newcastle, and now the only question is where he will play on Saturday, with French World Cup hero Mathieu Debuchy being suspended for this game.

Alan Pardew is said to want to make as few changes as possible to the back four, and we could get some hints from the Newcastle manager as to what he is thinking regarding the back four, at his press conference later today.

So he could keep Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in central defense,  and bring Paul Dummett in at left-back and switch Davide over to right back.

That would mean Colo remains on the bench, and with Jonas coming back into contention this week, we could see the unusual  sight of both Argentines on the bench on Saturday afternoon.

But that’s simply a sign of the strength of this current Newcastle squad, which we hope will be strengthened in January.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    It’s all Mourinho’s fault then!

    Clueless man.

    Ed…Seeing as he’s played most of our other games, I’d imagine he’s playing…especially seeing as Debuchy is out :) Maybe the question is which side will he play?

  • 2 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Ibiza… Mildly on topic again, you’ve changed man. Im not looking forward to you being interesting, potentially terrifying. ;)

    Where is everyone? It feels like 2 old men at a care home rambling incoherently in here this morning.

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Rainrix….Don’t worry mate, it’s unlikely to work out…don’t expect miracles :)

    I know, it’s strangely quiet and certainly not advisable to leave you and I unsupervised.

    Oh well, Ed will just have to learn the hard way.


    Right, time for a little nap.

  • 4 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Ibiza… Great i’ll just talk to myself then. Santon eh? Bloody italians we saved you from the germans and you can’t even repay us by defending properly!

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Rainrix…Well, if we’re going to get into dissing the Germans and Italians maybe I should stay….

    Come on fellow bloggers… us from ourselves before it’s too late.

  • 6 lesh // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Rainrix @2, of course Ibiza may well have changed – the summer’s over and where once the girls were glad in bikinis, they’ll be sporting their lycro track suits.

    Ibiza, please forgive my trying to justify your as always, entertaining comments!

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Lesh…My sarcasm radar has gone in to overdrive…is it malfunctioning? :)

  • 8 Our Toon // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Ed refers to having Dummett at LB surely Haidara would be a better choice?

    Think Santon has done well since his move, can grow and become a really good FB as long as he gets the right coaching….the last bit is the key!!

  • 9 bishopblaize // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    This just isn’t about Santon ..

    What’s happened to the days when the whole ground used to get behind each player on the ball?

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    OurToon…Both of those two have impressed when playing for me. Wouldn’t be devastated with either tbh.

    As for the coaching….

    Bishopblaize…It’s called apathy.

  • 11 Rainrix // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    lesh… The lycro is only going to get worse, now that ibiza is sponsored by sports direct :).

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Should probably clear that up as neither player has “played for me”…Both have impressed me when playing for Newcastle. There, that’s better.

  • 13 nightfa11 // Nov 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    santon for mata & we’re still friends with chelsea:)

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