Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Plying Here Is Just Fan-Tastic! Big Crowds Inspire Defender Santon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Plying Here Is Just Fan-Tastic! Big Crowds Inspire Defender Santon

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Byline: LEE RYDER

DAVIDE SANTON admits playing in front of the Toon Army is addictive.

The Italian star made his Premier League debut at Norwich last week.

Just like he was when he made his first start for the Magpies in the Carling Cup - when 5,000 fans headed to Blackburn on a chilly Wednesday night - Santon was astonished to see the level of support at Carrow Road given the 500-mile round trip.

Left-back Santon played just in front of the Geordie faithful against the Canaries during the first period and was lifted in his first top-flight start.

Santon told the Chronicle: "The main thing for me was the fact the fans travelled such a long distance and they were all amazing from the start to end.

"It is just a great honour to pull on the famous jersey of this great football club and get the buzz from the supporters.

"Playing in front of the Geordies is great for me.

"Once you have done it once you want to do it again and again."

Santon was forced to overcome an early knee problem at United after arriving from Inter Milan just before the transfer deadline. …

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