Last year at this time Davide Santon had hardly no competition for the left-back starting spot at Newcastle, but how things have changed in a short twelve months.
Davide Santon – in action against Liverpool
First of all Newcastle were starting to struggle twelve months ago, due in large part to our competing in the Europa League, when our squad just wasn’t big enough, and that led to a number of long term injuries to some of our best players, like Yohan Cabaye, Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor, not to mention Ryan Taylor.
Contrast that to today, when Newcastle have now won five games of the last six, and Newcastle are in 7th place in the league table, and only four points out of second place.
And with our acquisition of six Frenchmen this year, we have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and also local lad Paul Dummett who have played well for Newcastle in the left-back spot.
It’s a position that Newcastle have tremendous strength in depth in at the moment.
And therefore, if a big bid comes in from say an Italian club in the summer, for say around £10M, which is twice the fee we paid for Davide from Inter-Milan over two years ago, Newcastle could be tempted to sell the 22 year-old eight times capped Italian Intentional.
Davide has improved during his time at Newcastle, and he’s worth at least twice the amount Newcastle paid for him, and then we’d have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara to fight it out for the starting position at left-back next season.
And Newcastle could use the money they get for Davide to strengthen other positions of the team.
What do you think?
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