Vernun Anita Would Be Great Acquisition For Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #1

    The gibbet cage is too good for the Englishmen who will be supporting France on Monday.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #2

    He certainly wouldn’t have been any worse than De Jong for the Dutch side today,not that he played badly but that it was hard to see if he was even on the field.
    Well I guess that actually means he played poorly 😉

  • partizanovec

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #3

    should have posted this article instead of that one saying Mr T is leaving Ed… You can now safely delete that one. 😉

  • partizanovec

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #4

    well, not that you said he was leaving, just might… which I do not like to read too, haha…

  • Beardo

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Les Bleus!

  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m Irish and will support the English team in their games,it’s nice they go as underdogs as te pressures off but they have a tough enough group.Although not half as bad as Ireland’s
    Will support the Toon boys at play all the same

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Beardo you weirdo 🙂

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Marty – Im supporting the irish aswell as the english ha…A personally think yous will finish 2nd and we will finish 1st and then it will be a showdown between us two.. in which i will be supporting England of course ha.. just today had this strange feeling England are going to win the cup

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Tiote will not leave, well not this season, anita is abit small so doesnt offer any height to the defence or midfield. not sure on this one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #10

    I think this is our best chance of winning as nobody actually gives a f*kc,although I’ll be very dissapointed if we dont leave the group stage.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m English but will be hoping the Irish do well unless our teams meet,i went to Eire vs Saudi in Japan in 2002 in Tokyo 3~0

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #12

    England really really really are not going to win the Euros. But there’s no shame in that…

  • Sir Asian Magpie

    Jun 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed liking the optimism in this one 🙂 though personally, I’d like someone with abit more presence than a 5’6″..

    Anyone liking the look of any players at the Euros in the first few days? I thought the Dutch left back looked promising for an 18 year old..

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 9, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #15


    Were you pulling my leg earlier or were you serious mate? 🙂

  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 9, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Weird one this like. You have to think of our fringe/youth players when we sign ones like Amalfitano and Anita. Will they be ‘development’ or replacements? I just worry about Ferguson. We don’t need full backs except a left footer and even Shane/Perch can cover there.

    Then again I always imagined Ashley to get a handful of cheap players to compliment what a successful team we have, on the plus side these signings will probably be for our cup runs and we can field near the same 11 for the league!

  • brighter

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #17

    YES!! Its a great comment that he is not a replacement for Cheik.
    Thank you for your understanding Ed ^^

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #18

    To all people complaining about his height.

    1. Makelele

    That is all.


    Jun 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #19

    still anita , when.will v sign any1? hope to see we are linked wit sum1 new tomorrow


    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle see Anita as a possible
    replacement for Danny Simpson

    soo santon on right n anita on.left


    Jun 10, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle’s Australian keeper Alex Baird
    looks set to leave the club. The 18-year-
    old made a number of appearances for the
    club’s reserve side but despite impressing
    he has been told his future lies elsewhere.
    Scottish First Division side Dundee are
    ready to offer him a deal at Dens Park.

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Vurnon Anita is a perchino-esque player, utility player at most. I don’t see him in our first xii if the team is fully fit. I hope i am wrong though. What we need is a centre back, a marauding forward and left wing back…

  • Paps

    Jun 10, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #23

    I think we need to look at players that make the starting xi better rather than fringe players

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 10, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #24

    He’s always looked a tidy player when I’ve seen him. Obviously his versatility seems to be a big appeal for Pardew.

    Though, I’m so unsure of Newcastle’s transfer dealings/ cynical of newspaper ‘sources’ that this could all be a smokescreen again.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jun 10, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #25

    If we’re going to spend 10M, why not acquire Luuk de Jong. I’d pay OVER 10m for Luuk De Jong. No need to pay that much for a decent but unspectacular defensive midfielder or back. He’s not bad, but we’re almost certainly losing Ba. We need to flip that 7M for quality and Luuk de Jong is very, very good.

  • Premiership Manager

    Jun 10, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #26

    At 5ft 6ins it is very unlikely that he will be considered by the club as he doesn’t have suffient height to play in defence or as a defensive midfielder in the premiership.

    Tiote is built like a tank and has imense physical presence and this is exactly what we will need if he is to be replaced, not a 5ft 6in dwarf who would be left battered and bruised by the physicality of the English PL.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Did any 1 see Messi’s 3rd goal against brazil, awesome it was

  • shearermania

    Jun 10, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #28

    after watching holland-denmark i must admit i was very impressed with the two danish centre backs….I know Agger (who was the best on the pitch by a country mile) is out of reach but his partner Kjaer i wouldnt mind….very good at reading the game, good in the air, pretty quick but very astute with the ball – he looked like a upgraded version of williamson….dont want any other danes though…eriksen was pretty abysmal after all the hype, he was very dissapointing….from the dutch ill have both full backs and affellay….liverpool can have the rest

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #29

    As a replacement for Guthrie he would be ideal especially being able to play in a few positions,we also have to replace Smith and Lover and bring in the two defenders we were short last year,three new players this window is simply not enough.

  • arctoa

    Jun 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Kjaer’s always got an error in him, I think the pace of the Premier League would expose that. He was immense in the game against the Dutch, mind.

    For those calling Anita too short, two words: Claude Makélélé. That guy was 5’7” but a monster all the same.

  • IITianToon

    Jun 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Anyone else think we are looking to play a 4-2-3-1 next season with maybe Tiote and Anita as our two holding midfielders, Cabaye much more forward through the middle,Benny on the right, Marv on the left and Cisse upfront. Will allow our full backs greater license to go forward, our wingers do not need to track back much, and we get to play Yohan where he’s played best, as an attacking midfielder.

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    @31, spot on mate. Looks to me the “in vogue” formation at th mo. so we will be needing someone next to Tote, as well as a strong running RB.

  • Owldman

    Jun 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    @12 Reportded this morning the FA have already booked flights for England team after group stage! not miuch confidence there then. Hodgson squrming like a fish on a hook! has said the reason that he did not take Rio Ferdinand was that he did not want him to be a bench warmer.Anyone agree he could have come up with a better excuse than that.

  • beefman13

    Jun 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34

    i like the look of this kid, technically very good and strong, officially 1.66 meters 5ft8, ed has him at 5ft6 he got that from wikipedia who by the way have our very own very talented shane ferguson at 5ft9 and he may be 5ft 7 at the top limit, vernon is a lad about the size of yohan cabaye and physically would be strong enough for the prem, i will add that he has more pace than cabaye dont know if he is better all around than yohan but he looks very decent.

  • danmuamua

    Jun 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I personally think Anita is not what we need. He may be versatile, young and a great prospect but he is to small for a midfield which lacks height and is also to similar to tiote. If we are looking to strengthen the middle of the park I would love to see us try and bring in Rasmus Elm or Sigudsson. Both players will add goals, creativity, hight and balance to the team. Cabaye is a great player but I don’t see him getting more that 7 goals per season.

    As for centre backs I’m sick of hearing about Douglas. He would be a top centre back in Italy but he would make the grade in England. He lacks speed and the technical ability that is now needed in top premier league centre halfs. I think we can kiss goodbye to Mbiwa who would be my first choice but Kjaer is equally as good and is a realistic target with him promising to never play for his club again under the current management.

    As for full backs it’s no secret Santon is a right back but he is equally as capable at left back and I personally would like to see us bring in Debuchy. He is top class and a winner which is so important to our team. If Debuchy is not available we should look at Sime Vrsaljko who looks to be a player with world class ability.

    Wingers are an issue that is never mentioned on this page for some strange reason. Ben Arfa is world class , enough said and Jonas is a great squad player but offers very little going forward which is so often excused because of his great work rate. Everyone is getting a little carried away with Marveaux, he had one good half against everyone and some fans seem to think he will be nominated for the ballon D’or alongside Messi and Ronaldo. I don’t see him being anything other than an average squad player. As for Obertan and Ameobi the less said the better. Obertan will never “come good” because he is an average player who is very lucky to be playing in the premier league. Yes he is quick but so is ussain bolt and I wouldn’t fancy seeing him on our right wing. He will have another poor season and hopefully he will be shipped out next summer. Ameobi needs to go out on loan just so he isn’t taking up space on our bench. Hopefully we can produce better talent over the next few years than Ameobi and Ferguson who will never make it at the top. I’m sure pardew will have already looked at both of these players but I would love to see him bring in Barnetta and Hoilett who are both top premier league players and even better are both out of contract. Compensation needs to be agreed for Hoilett as he is under 24 but I think you could get him and Barnetta for 5 million.

    That leaves you with a striker and I agree with most that De Jong is a must but I don’t see it happening as he will cost at least 10 but he would be worth every penny but if we were paying that money I think I would rather Giroud. That would leave us with Ba, Cisse, Benny, Barnetta, Hoilett, De Jong or Giroud as our attacking options.

    I obviously don’t see this happening but you can only dream

    Simon Kjaer- 5million
    Debuchy- 6 million
    Rasmus Elm- 5 million
    Barnetta- free
    Hoilett – 4 million compensation
    De Jong or Giroud for 10 million.

    That would obviously take our spending to 30 million but with 20 million apparently available you could quite easily raise the other 10 million from player sales and with those players coming through the door the inevitable sale of Ba wouldn’t really matter an aweful lot. I would personally sell Simpson, Williamson, Foster, Gosling, Best, Xisco and Ranger and you would think you could raise 10 million from this sales


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