Inter moved quickly having seen Santon convince them that he was capable of steering clear of the treatment table and thriving in familiar surroundings.
Newcastle’s loss would appear to be their gain.
As Santon strutted his stuff in Serie A over the second half of the season, those he left behind went into freefall as St James’ Park saw manager Alan Pardew depart for Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and results on the field take a sudden turn for the worse.
Newcastle, with a threadbare squad – particularly at the back – fended off the threat of relegation by the skin of their teeth, but serious questions are being asked this summer.
Among them are, who comes in to join the ranks?
Steve McClaren has been appointed as manager, but considerable alterations are expected to the playing staff.
Bodies are badly needed in defence, an area where Santon’s versatility – as a man capable of operating on either side of the back four – would have come in very useful.
Newcastle, though, who recouped just £2.8million of the reported £5.3m they paid for the Italy international when offloading him back to Inter, are now having to scour the market once again and prepare themselves to dig deep into the coffers.
Trippier is reported to have a release clause in his contract of £3.5m, a very reasonable fee but one which Newcastle could have avoided paying for a player who doesn’t add too much to what they already had on their books in the not too distant past.
To compare Trippier with Santon is easy enough, with both 24 years of age.
Newcastle wound not, therefore, be parting with the old and bringing in the new. Santon is also considerably more experienced that his defensive counterpart and has graced the very top of the game – the Champions League and senior international stage – while drawing high praise from the likes of Marcello Lippi and Jose Mourinho.
Trippier, on the other hand, has one year of top-flight experience under his belt and two England U21 caps to his name.
He may have shown last season that he is capable of holding his own among English football’s elite, but Santon had hardly embarrassed himself at that level and was a player at a similar stage of his career that could have gone on to scale even greater heights if patience had been shown and his full potential had been given time to be unlocked.
The defender has backed his coach to turn things around and feels Yaya Toure would be a great addition for the Nerazzurri
Davide Santon has insisted that Roberto Mancini remains the right man for Inter irrespective of their relatively disappointing performances this campaign.
The 50-year-old replaced Walter Mazzarri as the man in charge at the Giuseppe Meazza side back in November, but he has so far been unable to turn things around with Inter sitting 10th in Serie A with seven games to go.
Nevertheless, Santon – who returned to the club in January after leaving San Siro in 2011 for Newcastle United – is confident Mancini can help Inter return to the top.
“Mancini is a lovely man. He talks to the players a lot and he’s won things wherever he’s been,” the full-back told SportMediaset.
“I think he’s the right man to take us forward.”
The Italy international also discussed the potential signing of Yaya Toure from Manchester City this summer and believes the Cote d’Ivoire international would be a fine addition for Inter.
“The coach and the club know what they’re doing in terms of transfers, we’ll see,” he added.
“I’ve played against Yaya Toure and when Manchester City won the title he scored a double at St James’ Park.
“He impressed me and he’s still a great player with pace and ability that can win games.”
Rudi Garcia’s men are fighting stay in the Champions League spots while the Nerazzurri chase down the top six
Roma will aim to return to winning ways at Inter and quell fears that Napoli could pip them to the final Champions League qualification spot in Serie A.
Rudi Garcia’s team repeated a frustratingly familiar theme of their campaign last time out, drawing 1-1 with Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico after German Denis’ penalty cancelled out a third-minute spot-kick from Francesco Totti.
It was Roma’s second consecutive stalemate and their 10th draw in 15 Serie A games since the turn of the year.
Napoli lie five points back in fourth with seven games remaining and further dropped points this weekend would leave the capital club in an increasingly uncomfortable position having already fallen behind city rivals Lazio on goal difference.
Nevertheless, Roma find themselves in a somewhat enviable situation compared to Inter, who lie 10th in the standings as they play out the final exchanges of a fourth consecutive trophyless season.
Victory is a must for Roberto Mancini’s men if they are to stoke their dwindling hopes of Europa League qualification.
Last weekend’s goalless draw against bitter rivals Milan added a further layer of frustration, although the fact it was only their fifth home clean sheet of the Serie A campaign pointed to where the true problems lie for Mancini – a man previously synonymous with turning out miserly defensive units during his coaching career.
Like Mancini, Davide Santon has returned for a second spell with Inter this term and the full-back offered backing to his coach.
“The manager is a lovely man,” Santon told SportMediaset. “He talks to the players a lot and he’s won things wherever he’s been. I think he’s the right man to take us forward.”
“We’re still trying to gel, a lot of new players have come in and the team is completely different to the Inter side I played in four years ago. We’re trying to give the team a new identity and the coach is working on that too.”
Chile international Gary Medel is unavailable to Mancini due to yellow-card accumulation, although Fredy Guarin and Marcelo Brozovic return from disciplinary indiscretions of their own.
Roma defender Davide Astori is suspended, with Kostas Manolas poised to take his place at centre-back.
Midfielder Miralem Pjanic is back in training having missed the Atalanta match and could return to the Roma engine room alongside Daniele De Rossi (back), although Gervinho (hamstring) is set to remain on the sidelines.