Introducing Newcastle’s New Signing – Vurnon Anita


With the signing of Vurnon Anita just announced, he will wear the number 8 shirt at Newcastle,  we thought a brief bio on the lad would be helpful.

Vurnon Anita has been at Ajax since 1999, when he joined the Dutch club’s famous Youth Academy as a 10 year old, and he has progressed through the ranks, and Ajax is the only club he has ever played for, before he joined Newcastle United today.

Vurnon Anita – Newcastle United player

Vurnon is a right footed player, which is a little surprising since he played left-back for Ajax for a season a couple of years ago, but that means he can play in either full back position and in defensive midfield, so he is a top player and versatile too, and that’s just one reason he’s a great buy for the club.

Vurnon is a a Dutch footballer of Antillean descent and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1997, an it took a short two years before he was spootted by Ajax.

Anita turned 23 in April and is almost a year younger than his Dutch team mate Tim Krul, who will be pleased there’s now another Dutchman in the Newcastle ranks.

Season        League       KNVB Cup      Europe	    Total
            Apps  Goals  Apps  Goals  Apps  Goals  Apps  Goals
2005–06	     1	    0	  1	0	0    0	    2	  0
2006–07	     1	    0	  0	0	1    0	    2	  0
2007–08	     0	    0	  0	0	0    0      0     0
2008–09	    16	    0	  0	0	5    0     21     0
2009–10	    26	    0	  5	1	4    0	   35	  1
2010–11	    31	    3	  4	1      10    0	   45	  4
2011–12	    28	    2	  2	0	8    0	   36	  2

Total      103	    5	 12	2      28    0	  137	  7

The above is Vurnon’s complete playing career at Ajax, and he has appeared a total of 137 times with 7 goals.

Vurnon is not tall at 5’6″, and as a comparison Cheick Tiote is about 5’10” tall and Yohan Cabaye just under 5’9″.

He was born in Willemstad, in the Netherlands Antilles, which are often called the Dutch Antilles, and are Islands in the Caribbean, and are now officially called the Dutch Caribbean Islands.

Vurnon became part of the first team squad at Ajax in March of 2006, when he was still 16, and he made his Eredivisie debut in the 3–2 defeat at FC Groningen.

Inn the 2009-10 season Anita became a first team regular at Ajax under new head coach Martin Jol, the former Tottenham manager and now Fulham manager, and because of the suspension of Urby Emanuelson and a long-time injury to Thimothée Atouba, Anita played at left back and he did very well in that position.

His performances for Ajax led him to gain his first Dutch cap in May of 2010, when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 friendly win over Mexico, but he was not selected for the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and didn’t make the squad for the Euro 2012 tournament either.

He currently has 3 caps for Holland and we half expect Vurnon to make his debut at some stage during out first game of the season on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park.

We heartily welcome Vurnon Anita to Newcastle United.

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454 comments so far

  • superkrul

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Good lad bwt time next player please hwtl

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t wait to see him in action in an nufc shirt

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  • Shedzzzaa

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Anita woo licky arse

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Welcome to the mad house Vern m’boy

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    first of all, welcome ANITA!

    it means nomore Debuchy since he can also play lb or rb.

    Congrats NUFC management to bring excellent player with reasonable price!

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  • gndtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    From De boers comments, it backs up what we already know about the transfer policy … that we look at the personality of the player not just his talent.

    side note:

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1130259/marseille-confirm-chelsea-approach-for-cesar?cc=5901

    i know we were after this lad … would have preferred him to debuchy actually.

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  • pawl250

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #7

    From Previous Article – Repost!

    MattyNUFC – Totally agree with your Pieters statement!

    Cant see why so many want him to come! Hes a very average biscuit!

    As for doubters still not convinced Anita will play midfield as I said maybe first few games or when Cabaye/Tiote combo aint playing. Just dont be suprised to hear “I told you so” when they are both fit and he lines up in the back four!

    Although if he doesnt I am not a sour guy, I can admit I am wrong and will be happy to admit my prediction was incorrect! IF he plays midfield when Cabaye/Tiote are both fit.

    Just cant see the Silver Fox dropping the Demba duo!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    anita is training with the squad right now

    also anyone else think we could drop our left back search n play jonas at lb n santon rb i do

    krul
    santon staylor colo jonas
    anita tiote
    cabye
    obertan cisse/ba marveux

    would b my team v spurs

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  • Valci

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    repost:
    Jay – like i said…with 2 CDM that both look to be starters…4-2-3-1 seems the most likely. Of course you can call it 4-3-3 but when you have 2 defensive midfielders and 1 offensive one that plays further up the pitch then it effectively turns into 4-2-3-1 with the CF advancing to make room for the CAM. At least that’s how i see it…

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  • Fostino

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    team to play spurs

    krul
    simpson taylor colo santon

    tiote anita or marv
    cabaye
    ba cisse jonas

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    he has the number 8 shirt for gods sake. He will not be played full back other than an emergency situation.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    gndtoon

    yup, Anita is much better choice than Debuchy.

    I don’t even know when people here started getting crazy over Debuchy.
    Everyday I read “sign Debuchy”, like there is no other options available.

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  • Shedzzzaa

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with davybtoon about the jonas idea he works hard enough to be a full back

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  • Fostino

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    davytoon

    i taught that myself if debuchy dont arrive..cant leave jonas out so he plays lb and santon at right. could be alright. fergusion could do us all a favour and concentrate on being a lb.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #15

    davyb

    i mentioned that last week about guti at LB

    honestly, if it’s down to playing simmo or paying 8mil for debuchy who’s is no doubt good but no world-beater, i’d prefer guti back there

    i REALLY hope we sign a young FB though as it stands. I don’t want pards to cave and throw anita there and revert back to his favored flat 442

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16

    redondo77 @ # 12

    I do honestly think Vernon is not here to fill a full back role

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #17

    cupid

    there is no need to fill fb role, we have 6 fb available including jonas.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #18

    come on man why can ppl not see anita has been bought to let cabaye play behind the striker specially against teams like spurs, arseanl, man utd, v other teams we may see 442 with ba n cisse but mainly we will see 4231

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  • APBWA

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Definately think the formation will be 4-3-3, but unsure of the positioning of the forwards…

    Could have ben arfa behind ba and cisse or two wingers…

    But GREAT NEWS!!!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I can’t see anything other than 4-4-2 with Ba and Cisse up top for this first game.

    Jonas on the left, Obertan/Sammy on the right, Simpson at RB, Santon at LB.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    ….and again, my preferred back 4 as it stands would be

    tav/santon….saylor/tav….colo….guti/santon

    i know it’s not a concrete line-up but guti more than deserves to be in contention for a regular starting spot in some capacity and, as much as i love watching santon bomb down the wing, unless he is on the wing, he’s yet to warrant a spot in the way cabaye or colo or krul has

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    oops 7fb including jonas
    perch, santon, simpson, raylor, tav, fergie

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    redondo & mattyNUFC

    You do have to wonder why no other team met Debuchy’s evaluation.

    Everyone on her made out like he’s a world class RB, available for pittance, and we’re simply to cheap to both.

    Interesting how no one else has come in then…

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #24

    mattynufc – id b happy with santon n jonas at full back, sebastian corchia is who we should sign for rb, as for ferguson needs to b played left wing for me n lb

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Why is our interest in debuchy over when clearly this lad wanted assurances he would play in his favoured position of cm.? You guys are idiots if you think parts would lie to him to get him to sign then play him fb for most of the season. He will play as part of a 3 man cm.

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  • markmac

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #26

    welcome to the party Vern! HWTL

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #27

    redondo77

    Why on earth would we sign a Central Midfielder to play LB or RB?

    It makes no sense. I feel the club are still persuing a RB of LB to fill the Simpson void. I dont thin the Debuchy deal is totally dead and the Douglas deal has gone quiet, in the same way the Anita deal did a few month ago.

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  • stk85

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #28

    repost as im not used to posting and working at a snails pace compared to Ed!

    best thing about our summer signings is that we have offloaded about 150k a week wages and the signings we’ve made are on about 75k a week. great buisiness! we must now be the best run club in the country.

    to follow on from a previous comment i reallz do wonder when and if UEFA will ever enforce their FFP rules with Man U spending 50 mill whilst 450 in debt. Shouldnt be allowed in the first place, but this is the way to run a club and we will benefit from this model in the next 5 zears when abramovich and the sheikhs wont be able to invest in theior teams any more, unless UEFA crumble as they usually do.

    so now we have cabs, tiote, anita, gosling, vuckic, bigi, abeid in CM, jonas and amal too. sorted for wing options too. full backs i think so too, doesnt matter what happens with simmo now as we have him, santon, raylor, perch, jonas, anita.

    would like to see a young solid CB, maybe Good will cover that, and a CF come in.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    davyb

    but if we don’t get a FB in, will pards humiliate simmo by putting tavernier in over him? doubt it

    it’s an honest concern. it’s not as farfetched as your mind wants to believe…

    just like last year when you were SOOOO convinced HBA would NEVER under ANY circumstance play on the wing 🙂 …don’t make me delve into last year’s posts!

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    imagine if we do buy debuchy, we will have 8fb.
    it’s crazy for a team to have 8 players for 2 positions, including anita that will be 9. that will be money wasted when you can use the money to buy a striker or cb

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Why is our interest in debuchy over when clearly this lad wanted assurances he would play in his favoured position of cm.? You guys are idiots if you think pards would lie to him to get him to sign then play him fb for most of the season. He will play as part of a 3 man cm.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Wow… here*, too*, bother*.

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS

    Inter Milan and Chelsea are interested. Milan already had abid rejected.

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  • stk85

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    oh, forgot about Tavernier, covers fb and cb, but still, another signing wouldnt hurt considering how manz centre mids we have

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    yea forget about tav b happy with at rb or lb

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    pieceofpapiss

    1) Like I said, it’s interesting that no other club has matched Lille’s valuation of him.

    2) I wouldn’t believe everything written in the press

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  • redondo77

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #37

    nufc-83, pieceofpapiss

    we have 7 fb already, if six of them injured anita can fill in, which is unlikely unless we are the most unlucky team in the world. why the hell you want to buy another player who can only play rb?

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  • stk85

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    who is this iraola of bilbao being mentioned? is he a fb?

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #39

    matty remember liverpool home last year jonas played lb n was brilliant if he played there everyweek he would get better n better n would allow santon to move to rb n he has already said pardew told him he would b our rb this season

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS

    I mean, not to knock Debuchy as i’d still be ecstatic with his arrival, but there is a reason he is france’s third choice RB. He’s your antithesis to simmo….can cross, get involved in attacking play, but has defensive shortcomings

    wouldn’t mind davyb’s shout for Corchea….never seen him play but at 21 and rated at 2mil and regarded quite highly, i think he, santon, guti and tavs would be more than adequate to take on this campaign

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