It’s great that we finally got Vurnon Anita through the door yesterday with the good news being announced in the early afternoon, and after a number of interviews yesterday Vurnon has elaborated on some things, and has verified that Sunderland were also after him but he chose Newcastle because the philosophy of Newcastle is great and the team plays some great football.
Vurnon Anita – training yesterday
Anita had asked to have a talk with Alan Pardew to discuss tactics and how he would fit into the side, and that meeting seems to have gone really well, as Vurnon had this to say:
“I wanted to speak to the staff first.” “I heard the philosophy of the club and it was great to hear. I’m very, very happy to be here. They showed me a video and it was good to see. The team really wants to play attractive football and that’s my style.”
“Sunderland also wanted me but I chose Newcastle because they really wanted me and they play wonderful football. I like to be a play maker. I’m little but I can be very tough on the field and, if the coach needs me to, I can play anywhere.”
Ajax coach Frank de Boer yesterday talked in lyrical terms about how good a club and how good a team Newcastle have, and said that if Anita was going to move from Ajax, Newcastle was a great club to join – we agree with that.
And Alan Pardew has returned the compliment, by saying that any player coming through the world famous Ajax Youth Academy is going to be an excellent technical player, and Pardew could see that immediately with Anita when he started to training with the lads:
“When you come through the Ajax system you have to have technical ability, trust me.” “Watching his passing this morning, you could tell he is at the level of our top players. We want to build on what we did last year and control games.”
“If we’re going to do that we need the ball and Anita is definitely going to help us on that side. He’s also a top character.”
Vurnon cost only £6.6M, and we say only because this lad has every chance of turning out to be another great buy for the club, and we should see him in action against Tottenham at home tomorrow, at some point in the very important first league game of the season.
A win would be an excellent way to start the season.