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Davide Santon – I Made the Right Choice Last Summer

Davide Santon initially struggled when he came to Newcastle , but as the season went on, the 21 year-old got better and better in that famous black and white strip.

Davide Santon – in action for Newcastle last season

Davide had to be patient, as he was being held back by Alan Pardew until he was fully ready to have a sustained run in the first team, and he got that chance this year.

Ryan Taylor had done a great job at left back in the first half of the season, but Davide played some very good games,  and deserved to hold down his first team spot this year, even though he is still on a learning curve.

Davide was pleased with his first season at Newcastle, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:

“It went really well. It was successful for the team but successful for me as well,”  “I’m starting to get to know the team and make friends and it’s been a really good season.”

“I’ve played a lot of games since breaking into the side. At the start I didn’t, but that was a good period for me. The manager gave me a chance to study, to find out about the team and where I was.”

“It got me used to a new club and a new country and even though no player likes being sat on the bench, I can see that it did me good.”  “The Premier League is fantastic. I love it,” 

“It seems like every year English football is getting better, and therefore I’m thankful that I made the right choice to leave Italian football and come here.”

“I hope I am going to stay here for a few years to come, and I hope next season is just as good for us as a team.”  “I am really happy here in England and this is where I want to be.”

Davide is now back in Italy visiting his parents  and his palsand will be back in his home country until the beginning of July, when pre-season starts up again.

It took a while for Davide to become accustomed to the much faster pace,  and the more physical nature of the Premier League.

But he improved a lot last season, and we fully expect him to be a better player next season, in one of the full back positions for Newcastle.

For the record Davide made 27 appearances for Newcastle last season, and he showed he is a very good professional for one so young, and the Italian International was a good buy at only £5M from Inter-Milan.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Getting to the change only toll on the Tyne Tunnel and not having any is too good for Ashley.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    He is a class player

  • SupaToonKid

    May 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    From Last Post:

    I’d stick a £40M price tag on him, that’d hopefully tell City where to stuff it but to be honest if Pards is targeting a run in Europe & finishing EIGTH then we might as well sell him now cos if we don’t have a good challenge for the top 4 again that’s Tiote, Cisse, Ba, Cabaye etc. all gone & then the process begins again of signing all these top players for codliver oil money.

    I really hope Pards words were twisted in that article, for sure go for cup run but in the FA Cup or Carling Cup as if we start the likes of Cabaye & Cisse in the Europa League the we’ll struggle to even finish top half. Give the young lads like Vuckic, Abeid, Sammy & Fergie games in Europe and see if we do well then maybe introduce a Demba Ba or whatever but we NEED TO SIGN 5 new players (e.g. Mbiwa, Debuchy, Siggurdson, Hoilett, Rhodes) also Amalfitano looks in the bag as Guthrie’s replacement.

    We’ve got two choices stick or twist; if we twist then we get the five players i said above to give us the boost so we could be in the Champions League or Europe at least next season but if we stick we may get to the Semi-Finals of Europe and finish 12th in the Prem and then lose all we’ve worked for and go back the square one, what would you go for but more importantly what will NUFC go for that is the question?

  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    in 2 or 3 years, with hard work and progression, he can become 1 of the best full backs in the world! its hard to remember hes only 21!

  • alkinou

    May 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost from the prevoius thread :

    I’ve just went on a forum of Stade du Reims too see what their opinion was on Amalfitano. The general opinion seems to be that he’s good, particulary at set pieces but once he knew he was leaving he was completely uninterested and didn’t produce anything good.

    So most Reims supporters say he’s got an attitude problem

  • Colo-Sus

    May 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Amalfitano looks like a f*/=ing 12 year old,

    get him on the steak Diet, looks like he will blow away in the wind,.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Santon will one day be the best LB in the world!

    As were well aware we need a CM to get us goals from Midfield next year but unfortunately we’re not likely to get Marvin Martin (still hoping though), Siggurdson and Brahimi look more realistic options but i’ve got another name to throw into the fray: Michu. Michu is 26, Spanish, CM and was the top scoring midfielder in La Liga last season. Maybe worth a look at as his side Rayo Vallecano are in financial trouble and his price is said to be £3M.

  • jayphoto

    May 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    @3 doesnt matter if pards words were twisted or not, doesnt mean he believes any of it or not! the club constantly plays down chances etc i think they have a good grasp on how toon expectations can grow into unobtainable things, seen it on this blog alone this season with fans like Indian, brutoon etc etc suddenly expecting to walk over teams, calling for pardew to go if we lost, think pardew likes to try and keep the fans expectations as low as possible otherwise the pressure is insanely high! they do it with transfers too, anyone remember january when we absolutely werent signing a striker?

  • Colo-Sus

    May 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9


    Exactly mate, exactly,

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully his words were twisted out of context and he comes out and explains himself properly otherwise hows it going to sound to any of these potential stars that were trying to recruit, that the best they can hope for is to slug it out on Thursday nights and a top ten finish if they’re lucky !!!!!

  • Indian Magpie

    May 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Not 1ce have i asked for Paerwho’s head, not 1ce, i was sceptical at the begining but i think every 1 was.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail for Ashley @ # 10

    Do you actually believe that when the club approach a new prospect they go to the table with the same crap they serve up to the tabloids?

    Or do you think they sit at the table and explain in a little more depth the plans, prospects and aspirations of the club.

    If you believe the former then you have gone down considerably in my estimation.

    Just as a side note take the spuds season which to them was a failure, and as I see it one of the main reasons for that failure is floppy chops talked long and hard about CL and the media were banging on about how they deserved the CL and they failed to get it so a failed season.

    And before you jump on their fourth place, regardless of where they finished they failed to secure CL.

  • peterk3

    May 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail for ashley, that post was soooo funny i almost pi$$ed myself. Please stop posting these hilarious comments before we all split our sides with laughter. NOT.

  • Sazzer

    May 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Had Michu the list I published few days ago. Great player. I would add 19 year old Marco Verratti from Italy would be great. He recently got call up for Euro’s. Has ability to put ball behind the defense like Pirlo does, and Song for Van Persie. Otherwise Jacob Butterfield, Filip Duricic and Beñat should be and perhaps better or equal in long run than Marvin Martin, Sigurdsson. Corgnet is in this category to. Oscar Emboaba from Brazil. Giannis Fetfatzidis, Raffael. Buying a guy for 10 m £ would be waste of transfer budget unless it’s Kagawa, Eriksson or Thiago

  • LooneyToon41

    May 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    @8 JayPhoto. Well said that man. The reality at the start of last season was that the ‘Top 6’ were untouchable, and there was almost a ‘best of the rest’ league below.
    We’ve done incredibly well to finish 5th.
    At the moment our budget (which is dependent on revenues, and the Owners/UEFA Financial Fair Play requirements to break even) is still half that of Liverpool and Spurs.
    Although Chelski are Champs of Europe, finishing 6th in the league, is just not good enough for Sugar Daddyski. They will spend big. Realistically, to finish 5th again, we would have to finish higher next season than the Spuds and Scousers. With our Europa travels, this is not impossible… but certainly difficult.
    @3. SupaToonKid. I’ve posted this before about the ‘stick or twist’, ‘speculate to accumulate’ strategy you are once again praying for. It’s bad management, and long term it just doesn’t work!!!…. Leeds,Portsmouth,Rangers etc

  • saxonfenken

    May 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Having read this blog for sometime, have decided to join and ad my Two Pennies Worth

    Davide Santon’s first season is infinitely better than Jose Enrique’s, it took the Championship to work out British Soccer for him.
    This Lad has done well and will without doubt become a great player.

    As for finishing in the top 8 quote, remember all of last season until the very end it was the same.

    Rest assured Pards will expect more

  • toonincheek

    May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t make too much of the literal interpretation of Pardew’s words.
    It’s just the way the words came out.

    Of course 5th is not impossible next season, but it will be even more difficult to achieve with all the Europa games.

  • SmileyFace

    May 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    The teams above us have European nights to deal with aswell !! Even Liverpool and Chelsea below us – why would it be so difficult ?

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    “I hope I am going to stay here for a few years to come, and I hope next season is just as good for us as a team.” ”I am really happy here in England and this is where I want to be.”
    May be he is leaving after few years. Lets slap 30million price tag over him.

  • TakingThePapiss

    May 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Davide looks solid at the back and provides Jonas sufficient cover when he goes forward. He also poises an attacking threat (i.e. vs Stoke) and is capable of running through players. He’s only 21 so he can only get better, he has a very promising career ahead of him in black and white.


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