Roma Bets on Santon’s Renaissance, the numbers!

Eusebio Di Francesco | AS Roma

Monchi finalized the deal with Inter. Nainggolan moves to Milano while the Giallorossi bank cash and keep their fingers crossed for Santon.

Most of the Roma fans are still upset at the end of this negotiation. After almost five years, their beloved midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been traded out due to various technical and behavioral reasons that the Roma sporting director will likely clarify in the first press conference right at the end of the current transfer window. 

The Nerazzurri of Milan, instead, signed the Belgian star while the Giallorssi should bank approximately €24 million and two players. It wouldn’t be fair to focus on the talented Zaniolo albeit football pundits swear that his future in the world of football will be bright. But we can definitely try to understand something more about Davide Santon, a predestined player when he started his career but also a left-back that lost his momentum over the years. 

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Recent stats highlight Santon’s issues in finding the right path to make a difference in competitive leagues. Although his international experience at Newcastle has not been disappointing, his return to Inter has not been beneficial for the club and for his growth. 

In the 2017-18 campaign, the Italian left-back from Portomaggiore made only 15 appearances and most of them just entering from the bench for a few minutes. Numbers are there highlighting Monchi and Di Francesco‘s bet on Santon’s renaissance albeit it will be very difficult for him to make an impact with a side in which the Serbian star Kolarov is the absolute dominator of the left flank. 

Davide Santon’s start of 2018 was definitely negative too. Since January, he has played only two matches as a starter collecting no more than 336 minutes until the end of the season. 

The 27-year-old is unexpectedly coming to Rome to change the course of his career. He was considered a flower ready to blossom but over the years he has wilted like a plant without water and roots. 

Santon is a big question mark for Roma but Monchi and Di Francesco still believe in the qualities of the Italian guy.

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