Davide Santon

 

Name: Davide Santon
Squad number: 3
Nationality: Italian
Born: 2nd January, 1991, Portomaggiore, Italy
Height: 186cm (6ft 1.5ins)
Weight: 82.9kg
Previous clubs: Inter Milan, Cesena (loan)
Signed: August 2011, from Inter Milan
Newcastle United debut: 16th October, 2011 v Tottenham Hotspur (home), Premier League
Position: Defender

 

Davide Santon became Newcastle United's sixth signing of the summer of 2011, when he agreed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 30th August.

 

The defender, who is predominantly a left-back but can also play on the right flank, made his debut as a second half substitute in the home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, helping the Magpies come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw.

 

Later that month, Santon made his first start in the black and white stripes in Newcastle's 4-3 Carling Cup defeat at Blackburn - their first defeat of the 2011/12 season.

 

 

Early Days

Santon started his footballing journey in the youth set-up at Ravenna, before moving to Inter Milan aged 14.

 

After impressing for Inter's youth side, the full-back was called into the first team squad for their pre-season training camp in South Tyrol ahead of the 2008/09 campaign, and remained with the squad during the first half of the season.

 

Santon made his debut in January 2009 as Inter progressed to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia at the expense of Roma, and four days later made his Serie A bow in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

 

A Champions League debut came at home against Manchester United, and by the end of the season Santon had 20 appearances to his name as Inter won the Serie A title. 

 

An injury-disrupted 2009/10 season restricted the defender's appearances, and in January 2011 he joined Cesena on loan, making 11 appearances during his temporary spell.

 

 

International Career 

Santon has represented Italy at Under 16, Under 17, Under 20, Under 21 and at full senior level, winning seven caps for the Azzurri.

 

His senior international debut came aged 18, in June 2009, in a friendly against Northern Ireland, and although he was part of Italy's squad for the 2009 Confederations Cup, he did not make an appearance during the tournament.

 

Santon is the current captain of Italy's Under 21 side.