New boy Vurnon Anita came on for his debut on Saturday in the 71 st minute against Spurs, replacing Yohan Cabaye, after almost making his debut just a few minutes into the game, when it looked like Cheick Tiote had injured his groin, but the Ivorian was able to carry on.
Vurnon Anita – came on after 71 minutes on Saturday
The player stands 5’6″ tall, and is a box to box midfielder, and should do well once he gets used to the faster pace of English football, but he looked a good technical player on Saturday, and got better as the game progressed.
Anita had this to say to the Newcastle web-site today:
“I thought I could have been on after three minutes because Tiote looked injured.” “So I warmed up, then kept warming up and warming up, but thankfully he was fine. So I had to wait a bit longer but am happy to make my debut.”
“It was amazing and I am up for more now.” “The first touches were all about getting used to the game and the speed, because I had only trained twice with the group.” “As the game went on though I felt I got better and it went well.” “I can’t wait to do it all over again.”
“If you win it is always good. It is my first game, we got three points so it’s amazing.” “It was a very tough game but we win so it is three points in the pocket.” “I didn’t know much about Tottenham apart from a few players, so it was all quite new for me. But it was amazing to experience this game.”
“To beat them is a very good sign. It’s a great start to the season for us – you always want to start with a win. Now we must go to the Europa League and then Chelsea.” “They are amazing – brilliant supporters who supported the team throughout the game.”
“I had been told quite a bit about them but they were incredible.”
Vurnon may start his first game for Newcastle on Thursday night in Athens against Atromitos, and we expect him to be in the squad that Alan Pardew will take to Greece tomorrow morning. But who the other players will be that Alan takes in the squad tomorrow morning is an open question at the moment.
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