It has been an interesting last 12 months for Davide Santon.
Coming back from injury he was ignored by both Alan Pardew and John Carver, before being pushed out of Newcastle United and accepting an initial loan spell at his old club Inter Milan.
After a long period without regular football on Tyneside, Santon the found himself playing week in week out at Inter.
He paid for that with a drop off in form and being left out towards the end of the season, but only after having played the required number of matches to activate and automatic permanent transfer for around £2.8m.
With Inter investing in quality players this summer the forecast looked bright, only for manager Mancini to suddenly declare that he had too many players and Davide Santon was one of those named as the club being willing to sell.
The window closed without any departure, although it was claimed that the former Newcastle player had turned down Watford.
Happily for Davide Santon, everything is on the up again and he has started all six of Inter Milan’s Serie A matches.
Even better is the fact they have won five of them and are currently joint top of the table on 15 points, whilst the dominant force of recent seasons, Juventus, are struggling with only five points from their six games.
Davide Santon has been playing in the right-back position which many Newcastle fans thought would suit him better than the left side.
He has been in tremendous form and there has been talk of a return to the national squad.
In addition, the latest ratings from the CIES Football Observatory have rated Davide Santon in the top ten performing full-backs in Serie A this season.
The Swiss based football statisticians make their analysis based on data provided by OptaPro and takes into account performance six key areas of the game:
Rigour, recovery, distribution, take on, chance creation and shooting.
In the CIES ratings for the Premier League, Chancel Mbemba was rated as the top performing Under 21 central defender in England’s top tier.
Whilst his form was up and down for Newcastle United, still only 24 years old Davide Santon has his best years in front of him and was always a far better bet than Paul Dummett or Massadio Haidara to fully establish himself in the Premier League.