One of the great things about football is that it doesn’t really matter much about your size, and you don’t have to be big like you do for example, in most of the American sports, and indeed the best footballer in the world at the moment is just 5’7″ tall – the great Lionel Messi, and the Argentine is such a great guy too.
Vurnon Anita – got good 20 minuet run out yesterday
Newcastle’s new signing Vurnon Anita is 5’6″ tall, and his favorite player is Xavi of Barcelona and Spain, and that’s not a bad player to try to emulate, that’s for sure.
Xavi is just 5’7″ tall and slight in build like Anita, and it was good to see Anita get a run-out for the last 20 minutes of the game yesterday, as he starts to get acclimatized to the best football league in the world.
Vurnon was interviewed by the Sunday Sun today, and this is what he said:
“The player I admire the most in the world is Xavi from Barcelona. I also admire Andreas Iniesta.” “They are like me in that they not so tall, but they can play very, very good football and I love to watch them on television.”
“Footballers these days tend to be big, which is something I am not. I can’t help that.” “So this is why I look up to Xavi who is one of the best players in the world. The way he plays football is special.”
“This is how I want to play my football. I like to pass the ball, play one-twos, move well and create chances for my team-mates.” “This is what Dutch football is famous for. So I hope to bring these talents here to Newcastle and do well here.”
Aniesta is also 5’7″ tall and again has been in the Spanish side that has won the last three major tournaments, and are probably one of the best National sides ever, along with the great Brazilian World Cup winning side of 1970, with the great Pele in their ranks – who is easily the best player I have ever seen play the game.
We expect great things from Anita, and good things come in small bundles as they say (who said that?), so we think this lad can soon be pressing hard for a first team starting position at Newcastle, and will certainly keep both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote on their toes.
And he’s just another wonderful signing by Newcastle, and great value at £6.6M.
Is Erik Pieters next through the door?
We hope so.
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