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International Class NUFC Player Looks For Recall

8 years ago
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While Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa have rightly made the headlines up front, for me one of our defenders has ran them close in the matches so far.

Davide Santon has pace to burn going forward and back, knowing your full-back will never get ‘run’ by his opponent is a massive asset to any team.

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Unfortunately, Newcastle’s biggest weakness is a lack of balance at full-back because if they had another quality up and down player on the righht-hand side it would more than double the threat that is essential these days from the full-back position.

Danny Simpson does a steady job but he isn’t the long-term answer, while his replacements this season have only shown that Simpson is clearly first choice out of what we have at the minute.

At 6ft 2, Santon is a great athlete and perfect for the modern game, I would compare him a bit to Kyle Walker who operates on the other side for Tottenham.

It is easy to forget that Santon is still only 21 and sets the standard for our other young players who think they are good enough to be playing first team footballer.

Davide has already got seven senior caps for Italy and is ambitious for both club and country, sending this message to his national manager, Cesare Prandelli;

“I have never lost hope of being selected for Italy, not even in the most difficult moments. It seemed like Utopia a year ago but now it is not impossible. I’ll say just one thing to the coach, don’t forget about me!”.

I think with this season’s form it is only a matter of time before he is back in the senior squad, making his debut at only 19, Santon’s last cap was won in March 2011 – shortly before he arrived at St.James’ Park.

Sign up to BetVictor and get a £25 free matched bet, bet on Thursday’s Bordeaux match – NUFC 6-4 to win or what about the 35-1 for Santon to score the first goal (and his first for Newcastle!)

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