Newcastle tried to get Dutch left back Erik Pieters to Newcastle last summer but it didn’t come off, but now Newcastle have been successful in getting Dutchman Vurnon Anita to Newcastle for just £6.6M from Ajax, and Tim Krul for one is delighted there’s another Dutchman in the Newcastle squad.
Vurnon Anita – buy him instantly
Tim Krul knew Vurnon from when they played for the Dutch Youth sides, but especially at the U15 level, and he has revealed that Alan Pardew, not too surprisingly, asked Tim about the player earlier in the summer, and Tim had quite a simple response – “buy him instantly.”
And Tim said that because he knew Anita was such a quality player, and the 23 year-old could well make his debut this afternoon against Tottenham.
And Krul revealed that when Pardew turned to him for his opinion of Anita, the advice he gave was pretty simple – this is what Krul told Algemeen Dablad:
“When the manager asked me about Anita, I said ‘buy him instantly.’ ” “He gives us a lot of quality in midfield. England is known for kick and rush, but he’s the man who can connect defence and attack perfectly.”
“I’m really glad that he came to Newcastle, I still know him from the Under-15 Netherlands team.” “After the club went on a French tour, I’m glad there is another Dutchman in the team now.”
Krul will now have somebody he can relate to in the Newcastle squad, being from the same country, and certainly Vurnon has come across as a first class person since he arrived at Newcastle, and he will soon prove he is a first class player.
Newcastle may not sign enough players this summer, but at least those we have signed – Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good and Vurnon – are top drawer and excellent value, with the first three looking to improve big time at Newcastle.
In fact we think that’s exactly what Vurnon Anita will do this season – he’s simply another terrific acquisition by Newcastle.
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