Having shown an initial interest in Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon a week or so ago, Palace now look to be free to pursue a deal following Sunderland’s decision to pull out of negotiations.
The Italian full-back has seen his reputation on these shores take something of an unfair battering over the years, partly down to the ignorance of the causal football fan as to his best position in a starting XI. Thankfully, the above report does a stellar job of exposing the widely-held myths that revolve around his game.
Having been tipped for greatness when first breaking into the Inter side under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho, many assumed he would go on to play at the very top of the game for years to come, but as is often the way, a change of manager at the San Siro saw Santon’s stock fall dramatically.
It was from there that his move to these shores and into Alan Pardew’s Newcastle squad was engineered, prompting a stint which saw him make 94 appearances in the black and white of the Magpies in just under four years. Ironically, it was whilst under the current Palace boss’ management that Santon saw so many paint him in a worse technical light than was fair, given the position he was asked to occupy in Pardew’s first-team squad.
Whilst Sunderland have now pulled the plug on a potential deal for the defender, his willingness to consider a move to SE25 will likely hinge on whether or not Pardew has learnt from the tactical missteps he made when in charge of Santon’s career previously.
It is a subject which is summarised in impressive detail in the feature above and offers a clear suggestion as to the position that Santon would likely covet if he does indeed agree to make to the move to Selhurst Park in the coming days.
Depending on who you listen to, you could be forgiven for assuming that a deal for the Inter defender would be a foolish move for Pardew and co. but to write him off instantly would be to ignore a player with genuine potential when utilised correctly.