We half expect that Demba Ba may leave Newcastle this summer, but don’t expect any more top Newcastle players to be leaving.
Vurnon Anita – Ajax Dutch International midfielder
But news today in the Dutch media that Newcastle are watching 5’6″ Ajax star Vurnon Anita, and the defensive midfielder is said to be a replacement if Cheick Tiote leaves the club this summer.
The 23 year-old Dutch International has played 3 times for Holland, and he made his debut for Ajax back in March of 2006, just weeks before his 17th birthday.
Newcastle have been watching Ajax a lot this season and we had thought it was principally because of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, their two Belgium center-backs, but maybe this lad has caught the eye.
But we really don’t expect Cheick to be leaving Newcatsle, although the Ivory Coast International has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea this year, and if he goes it’s surely got to be for big big money.
The reports in Holland are that Newcastle’s scouting network, led by the so impressive Graham Carr, have identified Anita as a possible replacement for Tiote, should he leave for pastures anew.
Anita has been named in the provisional 27-man squad for the European Championships, along with Tim Krul, and Holland must have a decent chance of even winning the tournament this summer.
He was also named in the provisional Dutch World Cup squad for the World Championships held in South Africa in 2010, but he didn’t make the final cut.
We had always thought that Newcastle would go after Blaise Matuidi of PSG, if Cheick Tiote ever left Newcastle, but we think Newcastle are lining up replacements for their top players only if they get Andy Carroll type bids coming in over the summer.
That’s good planning, and it’s one thing Newcastle have been excellent at over the last couple of years.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best is always a good motto to bear in mind.
But we hope Cheick Tiote is going nowhere in the summer.
What do you think?