Newcastle fans have not seen the best of me yet, claims Santon

The ex-Inter defender wants to show the club’s supporters that he can improve on his showings last season and help the team progress in the Premier League and cup competitions
Newcastle United defender Davide Santon has vowed to show the club's fans that there is more to his game after a season of settling into life in England and the Premier League.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Magpies for a reported £5 million last summer, has established himself at left-back but remains keen to improve on his debut season form.

Santon is keen for the club to continue to defy expectations and challenge at the top end of the Premier League following their surprise fifth place finish in the 2011-12 campaign.

"I want to help Newcastle keep improving, keep moving forward and be the best we can be," he told reporters. "Last season, the first few months were difficult for me because Serie A and the Premier League is totally different.

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"But now I feel better on the pitch and more confident, so I am enjoying it. The fans have not seen the best of me yet though. I can still do more though - I can be much better - and I will improve while I am here."

Newcastle have struggled to match the heights of last season so far in 2012-13, with injuries to key men such as Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote giving manager Alan Pardew a selection headache.

Despite the injury woes affecting his teammates, Santon was keen to stress that he is enjoying his football on Tyneside.

"I am really enjoying it," he remarked. "I like Newcastle - I like the city and the people in it. The fans are brilliant, I like my team and I like the manager. Better than this is impossible!"

The Magpies round-off the latest weekend of Premier League fixtures when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Monday night.

Newcastle lost heavily against the Toffees on the final day of last season, and Santon is keen to avoid a repeat showing this time around.

"Last year we lost there, and so we know that Everton are a good team," he admitted "But we will go to Everton not for a draw, not for a loss, but for a win. We will be positive."