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Sky Sports Scout - Davide Santon

We run the rule over Italian starlet Davide Santon

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NAME: Davide Santon AGE: 18 (2nd January 1991) BORN: Portomaggiore, Italy POSITION: Defender CLUB: Inter Milan FACTS: Made his Italian debut just six months after his Inter debut Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Inter Milan defender Davide Santon - recommended by Sky Sports reader James Thornton.

The scout reports...

A truly outstanding prospect, Davide Santon is one of the best young defenders in world football.

The 18-year-old has made a rapid rise through the ranks at Inter Milan, and he is already a full international.

Born near Ravenna, he began his footballing life with his local club before joining Inter's famed academy at the age of 14.

Originally a winger, he was soon converted into an attacking full-back - equally at home on the right or left.

His potential was soon spotted by Inter coach Jose Mourinho - who handed him his first-team debut just days after his 18th birthday.

Now less than nine months later, Santon is a first-team regular and is also part of Marcello Lippi's first-team squad.

Lippi has branded Santon as the new 'Paolo Maldini' but a better likeness would more likely be with Inter legend Giuseppe Bergomi.

Santon is a modern full-back, full of pace and attacking intent. But this youngster can tackle, and is very good at it - precise and composed, he rarely dives in with a rash challenge.

The scout says...

Santon is full of quality and he plays like a player way beyond his 18 years. Having made his debut so early, he looks to have the world at his feet.

Like with Bergomi and Maldini, who he has been likened too, he could very well spend his entire career playing with the same club at the top-level.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 7 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 9 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 8 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 9 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £20million

Potential value: £60million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Santon - now we want your views. Have you seen Santon? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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