Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hails Italian Davide Santon’s defensive strength

Newcastle United's Davide Santon is playing his best football since joining the club, according to Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United's Davide Santon is playing his best football since joining the club, according to Alan Pardew.

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DAVIDE Santon’s Italian job in Newcastle United’s defence is pivtotal to Newcastle United’s Premier League run-in, according to Alan Pardew.

Santon has started the club’s last three games, all won by Pardew’s side.

Newcastle also kept clean sheets in those games – against Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers and Swansea – and the club’s six-game winning streak has rekindled hopes that Champions League football can return to the Sports Direct Arena.

Santon, signed from Inter Milan last summer as Jose Enrique’s replacement, found his opportunities limited early in the season by injury and the form of makeshift left-back Ryan Taylor.

It’s also taken the 21-year-old time to adjust to the pace and power of English football.

Read more of Miles Starforth’s interview with Alan Pardew in today’s Sportmail.