Davide Santon

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist

 

Davide Santon made his Newcastle debut on Sunday against Tottenham, and paid tribute to his United teammates for helping him settle on Tyneside.

The summer signing from Inter Milan has had to wait more than a month to make his Magpies bow, with the combination of the team's excellent form and a slight knee injury keeping him sidelined.

But Santon came off the bench for the final 13 minutes against Spurs, to help his new employers come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at St. James' Park.

And the defender told nufc.co.uk after the final whistle: "I've been waiting, and it is really good to finally get on the pitch.

"It was frustrating having my knee problems so early after I joined the Club, but everyone here was so helpful and supportive. They helped me recover, and even today the rest of the players were there to help.

"Now I just want to do my best, get more games and try to help Newcastle continue our fantastic start to the season."

Santon had his first experience of the St. James' Park faithful too, with close to 45,000 supporters roaring United on to a share of the spoils.

And the full-back was delighted with the reception he got.

"They are fantastic fans," he said. "They cheered when I came on so they are fantastic! They helped us a lot today and the noise they made was very important in helping us get the draw.

"At the beginning there was a lot of pressure, but Shola came on for us to score the equaliser and 2-2 is a really good result."