Davide Santon was pushed out of the door at Newcastle United, rejoining his old club Inter Milan on a permanent deal only three months ago.
The full-back was frozen out by Alan Pardew and then John Carver, with an admission from the club that they were actively looking to sell him because he had less than two years left on his Newcastle contract.
Moving to Inter on an initial loan deal which included a trigger for a permanent deal, Davide Santon quickly played the number of required matches than then triggered the permanent deal when the transfer window opened in July.
Santon allowed to leave Newcastle for under £3m, around half what was paid for him, yet despite this no replacement was brought in by United.
With neither Dummett or Haidara convincing anyway, it is ironic that with Davide Santon riding high in the second in Serie A (two points off the top) and his recovery now complete with a call up back into the national squad, at the same time Newcastle are struggling to have even a fit full-back to play, whether or not they are good enough.
Italy beat Azerbaijan 3-1 at the weekend to ensure their qualification for France next summer, a match which the former Newcastle full-back sat out.
However, tonight Italy play Norway in a game to decide who wins the group and Davide Santon is in contention to play.
A draw would be enough to make Italy group winners ahead of the Norwegians.
Even if Santon doesn’t start the game he is looking a knocking bet to make France next summer, his excellent displays for Inter at right-back have won him many plaudits and led to his return to the Italian squad.
I still can’t believe that Newcastle were happy to let a player of Davide Santon’s quality leave, and I find it even more difficult to accept that anybody at St James Park thought it a good idea to go into this season with no quality left-back, only the substandard Dummett and Haidara to rely on at best.
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