It was debut (second time around) day misery for Davide Santon in Naples on Wednesday night.

The on-loan Newcastle defender said before the game that he didn’t have 90 minutes in his legs and he was correct, substituted after 86 minutes with the match still goalless.

Then after three minutes of injury time it was Higuain who scored the winner for Napoli, ending Santon and his new teammates’ Italian Cup dream.

With reportedly ten appearances this season triggering an automatic purchase for just over £3m, Santon now has only another nine to go.

Speaking before tonight’s match, Davide Santon talked about returning to the club where he made his name;

 “It is wonderful to be back, especially as I see a team eager to prove what it can really do.

“Everything has changed but there are still many people who were also here when I left.”

Inter not having a good moment;

“Inter aren’t going through a good moment but I’m happy to be here and want to make a contribution.

“In England I usually played on the left but also the right, even in midfield. I can play on either side and it is up to the Coach.”

I haven’t 90 minutes in my legs;

“I don’t have 90 minutes in my legs but I’m very fired up to play. I always tried to give my all for this jersey and will continue to do so.

“I have to shoot for goal more and I will try to improve, get back in shape, then hopefully the goals will come.”

  • nufcslf

    Good luck to the bloke, better off away from Sports Direct United with the we don’t care about anything to do with football only making money for fatty. Letting yet another player that has so much in front of him go. What a total disgrace and joke. Stay away and CASHLEY OUT!!!

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    I can only wish Davide well. He did a very decent job for us.
    In all truth, he’s well shot of Newcastle United and their disgraceful Ashley business model of buying the player cheap, improving him, selling him on for a profit, while all the while maintaining a team that can play in the in the Premier League and do enough to not get relegated.
    I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, the leeches like Ashley have spotted the loophole in the Premier League’s remit and have successfully interpreted that mediocrity equals money-making.
    We can blame Ashley as much as we want – and for God’s sake let’s keep doing so – but ultimately we need to point the finger at the Premier League for allowing opportunists like Ashley to come in and abuse the spirit of what the league is all about, and stop it once and for all.

  • Steve1221

    “I have to shoot for goal more”
    The last thing Santon needs to be doing is cutting inside and shooting more often, I dont think I’ve ever seen a player shoot so often without scoring (except maybe Tiote).

  • Greekgeordie

    Good luck Davide, you will be ok in Italy, what ever people say on the motives of the move, Santon knows that his chances of playing were diminished since the emergence of Haidara and Dummett, not to mention R Taylor who might not be an orthodox left back but his ability to deliver on free kicks and corners might tip the scale to his favour also when he gets fit.
    Ashley has nothing to do with the loan and eventual transfer, so please stop making a big issue on every thing that is happening in the club, what will be next? one of the cleaners is having tweens?

  • howaymebonnylads

    kevin dillon!!!

  • amacdee

    Greekgeordie Fatman had EVERYTING to do with Santon’s departure, what planet are you from ?
    He was on a bigger wage than either Haidara or Dummett (who shouldnt be considered as a 1st choice LB) so Fatman got him off the wage bill telling him he wouldnt get another game if he stayed. Get your facts spot on Greek or stop this BS

  • Greekgeordie

    amacdee Greekgeordie  So you would have played Santon ahead of Dummett or Haidara,, on Santon’s showing prior to his injuries certainly not. there were a lot of fans wanting Santon out of the starting elevens at the time and even Pardew was considering shifting Santon to mdfield.
    I am not an Ashley fan but fabricating stories to fit my purposes is not my line either.

  • Munich Mag

    Good luck to the lad I say. He needs first team football, and will get it at Inter. He’s better off anyway away from our lot. Not sure what his lass makes of it all though, I bet she didn’t see this coming, swapping the Bigg Market for grotty Milan ! :-)