Davide Santon

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Club career[edit]

Internazionale[edit]

Santon joined Inter's youth system at age 14 from Ravenna. He started out as a winger before moving into a defensive role. After helping the Primavera side win the 2006–07 Campionato Primavera and reaching the final play-off for a second consecutive season,[6] he was called up to join the first team for the 2008–09 pre-season training in South Tyrol[7] and training sessions during the first half of the season.

José Mourinho first named Santon in the line up for a September Champions League game against Panathinaikos and the next three games but did not use him. On 21 January 2009, Santon made his debut in the Coppa Italia quarter-final win against Roma, playing the entire match. Four days later, he made his Serie A debut in a 1–0 victory against Sampdoria. He made his European debut in the home draw with Manchester United, tasked with marking Cristiano Ronaldo. Santon garnered praise for his performance prompting Ronaldo to comment: .[8] "I was impressed by Santon, he is a really interesting lad and a great footballer."[9] Mourinho praised Santon for his personality and tactical versatility[10] and Santon was handed the starting role for the next game. He started 13 league games and made two substitute appearances, thus winning his first senior honour, the 2008–09 Serie A title.

He had also become subject of praise from former Italy head coach Marcello Lippi in 2009, who described Santon as "A predestined player that reminds him of a young Paolo Maldini."[11]

Santon made his first appearance for Inter in the 2009–10 season against Parma on Matchday 3, and subsequently started the game against Cagliari the week after. He was out until the new year after sustaining a right knee lateral meniscus injury while on international duty.[12][13] He made his return in January as a substitute against Bari[14] and was called back into the starting eleven to replace the injured Cristian Chivu. However, his return was short-lived as he injured[15] the same knee again after returning too soon from the previous injury and required surgery, thus sidelining him for another three to five weeks.

During the 2010–11 season, Santon first served as an understudy to Chivu, but after Maicon's injury[16] (and later Chivu), Santon returned to the starting line-up in November (except the Milan derby and Champions League matchday 5). He then played twice as a right wing-forward due to the injury crisis at Inter, the first one in a 5–2 win against Parma;[17] in that match the coach preferred Córdoba and Zanetti in both full back positions, which he also used in the Champions League against Twente.

Cesena loan

On 31 January 2011, the final day of the transfer window, Santon was sent out on loan to Cesena as part of the deal that saw Yuto Nagatomo join Inter Milan in exchange.[18]

2011–12 season

Santon returned to Inter in summer 2011. Under new coach Gian Piero Gasperini, Santon often played as a wingback in their 3–4–3 formation in the friendlies. However near the end of the transfer window the club kept Davide Faraoni as backup wing-back and sold Santon.

Newcastle United[edit]

On 30 August 2011, Santon signed for English club Newcastle United on a five-year contract, for an undisclosed fee believed to be £5.3m.[19][20] He instantly struck a chord with the Toon Army when he cheekily confessed he had "never seen a Mackem in Milan"[21] (intimating that Newcastle United's local rivals Sunderland, never qualify to play in European competitions). He made his Newcastle debut on 16 October 2011 as a second-half substitute against Tottenham Hotspur.[22] He went on to make his first league start for the club in December away to Norwich City, before making his full home debut the next week against Swansea City. He set up Papiss Cissé's first brilliant goal in the magpies's shock win at Chelsea in the 19th minute. Halfway through the 2012–13 season, Santon was the only Newcastle United player to have started every league game, and in the 3–2 win over Chelsea on 2 February 2013, Santon assisted the first goal with a cross for Jonás Gutiérrez and the winning goal scored by Moussa Sissoko. He scored his first goal for Newcastle on 17 March, an equaliser against Wigan.

Return to Inter[edit]

Davide Santon returned to Inter in the January transfer window on loan with an obligation to buy in the summer.

The loan was made permanent after Santon's contract at Newcastle was terminated.

International career[edit]

Santon has played for Italy from U-16 level and made a goal-scoring debut on April 2007 in a 3–1 win over Slovenia. On 31 March 2009, he made his debut for the Italy U-21 squad in a friendly against the Netherlands, played at Parkstad Limburg Stadion, Kerkrade and ended in a 1–1 draw.[23]

Santon made his debut with the senior Italian team aged 18, on 6 June 2009 in a friendly game against Northern Ireland played in Pisa.[24] On the same night future Newcastle team mate Shane Ferguson made his debut as a sub for the visitors. He played the whole match and his solid performances earned him praise from his peers as well as coach Marcello Lippi.[25] Lippi was impressed enough to name him in the roster for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, but Santon did not manage to make an appearance in the tournament. After some strong performances since signing for Newcastle United, Santon was recalled to the national team under manager Cesare Prandelli for the friendly against France in November 2012, however Santon did not come off the bench. He started the next game earning his eighth national cap in a 1–1 draw against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on 6 February 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Santon is in a relationship with Chloe Sanderson. She gave birth to their daughter on 21 May 2013.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 June 2015[27]
Club Season League Cup [nb 1] League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internazionale 2008–09 Serie A 16 0 2 0 2[a] 0 0 0 20 0
2009–10 12 0 2 0 1[a] 0 0 0 15 0
2010–11 12 0 1 0 4[a] 0 1[b] 0 18 0
Cesena (loan) 2010–11 Serie A 11 0 0 0 11 0
Newcastle United 2011–12 Premier League 24 0 2 0 1 0 27 0
2012–13 31 1 1 0 0 0 6[c] 0 38 1
2013–14 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2014–15 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 82 1 5 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 94 1
Internazionale 2014–15 Serie A 9 0 1 0 4[c] 0 14 0
2015–16 1 0 0 0 1 0
Internazionale Total 50 0 6 0 11 0 1 0 68 0
Career Total 132 1 11 0 1 0 17 0 1 0 162 1
  1. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ All appearance(s) in FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ a b All appearances in Europa League

International[edit]

As of 7 February 2013[28]
Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 5 0
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 0
2013 1 0
Total 8 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Inter Milan

References[edit]

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  24. ^ Lippi puts his faith in Santon
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  28. ^ Davide Santon at National-Football-Teams.com

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as the Coppa Italia and FA Cup.

External links[edit]

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