Well maybe Vurnon Anita may not be a direct replacement for Cheick Tiote after all. 😀
Vernun Anita – would be great acquisition
On further research into this player, first of all he looks a very good player and the right age, and if Newcastle can get him to Tyneside, it would seem like another very good acquisition for the club.
And the 23 year-old played at left-back for Ajax in the two seasons before last, when Martin Jol was the manager, but last season he was played in central midfield, on the defensive side.
The new manager Frank de Boer thought that Anita should play as a defensive midfielder rather than at left back, and that’s where Frank played him all last season.
And with so much competition for places in the center of midfield at Ajax, Vernun still managed to play 36 times with two goals last season, and one reason he would be such a good buy for Newcastle is simply because of his versatility.
He’s not too tall at 5’6″ and he is right-footed, and maybe Vernun is the full back Newcastle are bringing in this summer to replace Danny Simpson, although we still hope Danny will stay on Tyneside, and sign a new deal.
And we’d be just a little surprised if another top full-back doesn’t arrive at Newcastle before September 1st.
On the other hand both Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie will both leave the club at the end of this month when their contracts expire, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Vernun is simply being brought in as a central midfielder, as a replacement for those two.
Newcastle also have top youngsters Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid coming through the ranks quickly at Newcastle, in central midfield.
It would be great if we can keep Cheick Tiote at Newcastle, and he seems so loyal to the club, but if Vernun comes in he will be a very good acquisition, in whichever position Alan Pardew plays him in.
The Newcastle manager has said a number of times that players who can play in different positions, like Ryan Taylor and James Perch as two good examples, are very valuable players to the squad.
Vernun still has two years left on his deal at the Dutch Champions, and he is not coming cheap, well not for Newcastle, being somewhere in the range of £5M to £10M, and Newcastle will hardly pay that for just a squad player.
We really hope Newcastle can tie up this deal.