Anita Best Full Back On The Books – Bigirimana Looked Good


One of the good things about the game yesterday was the form of both Vurnon Anita and 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana, with Anita looking good both in central midfield and at right back, and Gael having a very solid game in the middle of the park in the biggest test of his career so far on Tyneside.

Vurnon Anita – looked good at right back

Both are featuring in our Man of the Match poll with Gael on 24% of the vote,  behind Ben Arfa (who else?) at 51%, and for the third league game in a row the mercurial (I love that word!) Frenchman was Newcastle’s best player.

And Vurnon Anita is in 4th place in the vote on 7%, and he gave a great display at right back after replacing the injured Danny Simpson, and the truth is that Vurnon is probably the best full back we have on the books.

The Dutch International can play on either side, and when Danny Simpson and Cheick Tiote both return, we would expect Vurnon Anita to be a starter in some position on the field.

Vurnon’s  looking an excellent player for Newcastle, and he saved us a few times yesterday.

When asked about the full back positions – with both Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson now injured – this is what Alan Pardew told the local press:

“I don’t think we’ve got a massive problem there,” countered Pardew. “We lost Ryan one day before the transfer window closed and so the opportunity to get a player good enough for us was very, very slim.”

“We’ve got great replacements. Anita went back in there and probably saved a point with two great headers at the far post – and his quality going forward helped us.”

And David Santon is looking good this season too, and seems to getting the hang of the Premier League, and there’s no doubt this lad is a good player on the ball, and tried to get forward as much as possible yesterday.

Vurnon said he wanted to play a lot of games for Newcastle this season, and he has already made four appearances for the side, and with Danny Simpson injured he will probably continue at right back, and if Cheick isn’t available for the Everton game we expect Alan Pardew to keep playing Gael Bigiirmana in central midfield.

Gael was given his biggest test so far in his very short career at Newcastle, and he got a warm reception from the home crowd and didn’t look out of place, and he’s an intelligent lad too, because he plays the easy ball all the time, and that’s always the sign of a very good player – he makes it look easy.

In the second half he was slightly to the right of midfield and then put a wonderful cross-filed ball out to Coloccini on the left wing, and we had to look twice to see it was Gael who did that.

This lad looks very good, and if he continues with this kind of form he will be pushing for a first team position later this season, , even though he is only 18 years old.

We didn’t sign enough players in the summer, but yesterday Gael and Vurnon showed they already look two excellent acquisitions for Newcastle, and if it was a disappointing result yesterday (it was), the form of these two players gives us some real optimism for the future – we just need more players signed.

Note to Graham Carr and the scouting staff – we need two unknown players to sign in January.

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56 comments so far

  • cndrbrown

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Anita almost looks more comfortable at the back?

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  • 89Norcal

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    As long as we can get a good 4-3-3 flowing, Anita will have plenty of opportunities to display his class, I’m sure.

    But the static 4-4-2 we are running is not taking advantage of our players.

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  • cndrbrown

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Also hearing reports of van der wiel to psg

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  • geordiemacc

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    One of the real positives yesterday was the introduction of bigi and anita. Both I felt had decent games yesterday. Anita slipped into right back effortlessly and bigi, for one do young showed glimpses of real promise.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    So glad we have an international break hopefully allow Cabaye, Ba & Cissé to get some kind of form also allow Tioté, Shola etc to get fit.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m very surprised hba leading the poll, on the strength of the goal. He did very little besides that yesterday. Anita or bigi deserve it more. Hba still a great player, just had an off day for 89.5 of the 90 mins.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    A lot of us have been calling Pards to drop Cissé and go to a 4-2-3-1 with Marveaux on the left and Ba up top on his own (me included). I suspect that Pards however may keep Sylvain under wraps like he did with Ben Arfa and slowly adapt him instead of throwing him straight in. It work with Benny so I have faith that Pardew will treat the situation with Marv similarly well so the team gets maximum results.

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  • steveno7

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Anita ahowed simmo how a right should play. sergin foward good balls in t box .defendin well not gettin overun and christ this boys quick .
    We can counter so quick wit anita as long as t rest can keep up.
    we have 2 very attack minded fb’s.now . i would keep him there even when simmo is back. bigi is good enuf to step in to the frey now. way ahead of a normal teen. he will be amazin very soon.

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought santon was easily mom he was the best player from start to finish

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    If somebody bids £40 for HBA he will be sold ! And we will reinvest that money wisely. Just as we did with the AC Money.

    Unfortunately we are not into the ‘big club’ status yet so will always need to sell if big money bids come in.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Davybtoon

    Sorry ed’s going so fast, but just to say I agreed totally on the previous thread.

    krul

    Anita / santon Colo Saylor Santon / Anita

    Tiote Bigi

    Cabaye

    Benny Ba / Cisse Marveaux

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Davy – Gotta say, I agree ! He was superb and looks better with each game!

    Bigi and Anita both played great mind you!

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Yea Anita has everything to b an amazing rb he should stay there n play biggie in cm I swear this kid if he gets run of games will jus get better n better n with tiote next to him excited about that

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    No matter what out status, if a £40m offer comes in for any of our players they will likely be out the door. That is an obscene amount of money and there are only a few players in history who have been sold for that amount.

    Benny is a top quality player, but £40m would be a decent sale amount. Anyway, we have 4 months without any comings or goings, let’s worry about that late December

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  • RonVanDam

    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Ben afa reminded me of Hulk for some reason yesterday

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  • ppb

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    @rvd the player or the big green guy?

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Torq – yea santon, Anita n biggie best 3 players
    Hard to Believe biggie only played about 27 games at first team level n he’s that good u would think he had played a 100

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza – After getting into it with the trolls and neggers on Saturday night, I wish I’d done the same and stayed away! 🙂

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  • ochytoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    So John Henry has written an open letter to the fans regarding Liverpools failings in the transfer window (not in it for profit, reversing mistakes of previous regimes etc.). If only Ashley would do something like that.

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    We can stop doin this oh we will sell him after you realise how good a player is

    We need hba on a new 5 year deal along with ba n cabaye, that way if we did have to sell we can get top dollar

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Ochy – I thought the same mate. Would be nice to have some communication from big mike but I don’t see it happening any time soon! 🙂

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Ochy the board did do that n they did explain the way transfers n the club would b run it’s just some fans can’t except it

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Torq….Don’t worry, I’ve had many days and nights where I’ve thought, why did I bother? Just couldn’t do it this weekend.

    We’ve got a long season ahead and if 4 points from Spurs, Chelsea and Villa is a disaster, then positive thinkers are in for a tough time on here.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Didn’t we get an open letter last season? Nothing has changed, just our expectations (you know, as we got so close last year, surely we must change the plan that got us there).

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  • ochytoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    I don’t remember an open letter last year. Anyway Ibiza, we have actually dropped 2 points from these fixtures from last season.

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  • ppb

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #26

    @ochy but chelski are a far improved side since the same fixture last year

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    supa toon kid,

    That’s fair enough but if cisse and ba are to be played in the same team, Ba has to go wide out left in a front 3 and stop whinging about it.

    Pardew seems to be caught between playing his best players and the best formation for the team.

    Nobody would wish injury on simpson, but Anita showed more adventure and footballing ability, not to mention speed than in 40 mins than I’ve ever seen from Simpson.

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Tbh IMO I got a bit edgey everytime anita got the ball all he did was dink it into BA thought he was gonna score a OG with one of his bk post headers and other times he just passed it out of play but positives is that his quick and quick on the overlap and always looks for it but it time the negatives will stop

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Ochy…..Pretty sure they set out “the plan” in an open letter to the fans. Not 100% though and it wouldn’t hurt to get more info from them on a regular basis.

    Ochy….We have indeed, although 3 points at the Bridge last season is not a reasonable expectation every year. I would imagine we’ll better results from last season over the course of this one. Maybe not.

    P.S. I think I may have missed a joke you made Friday night, apologies if I got the wrong end of the stick, sense of humour took a bit of a beating 🙂

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  • Shane

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    So C.Ronaldo has revealed he is no longer happy at Real Madrid…

    Worth a cheeky bid? 🙂 a straight swap with Xisco could clinch it. You have to be bold!

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Heard klasnic is a free agent. I think we should snap him up. He’s a quality finisher and as we all know we do need a extra striker.

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  • Les Grossman

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza
    For 40m id snap anyones hand of for any of our players.
    But we all know that only 6m will be reinvested!

    Here lieth the problem and the cause of much angst between supporters.

    Bills-son will be on next …. ‘ ill eat straw with a mackem donkey if MA doesnt spend the money on players’

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  • beefman13

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Our scouting system is second to none, christ we could have damian comoli buying our players for massive fees and look at most of them, just like he did at spurs, that fella is a club wrecker, another player we bought in amilifatano will also show he is a class act as well loads of skill and vision, it will give cabaye something to think about maybe push him on a bit more. i am hoping cabaye has not been tapped up he had the same look in his eyes for most of yesterdays game as enrique did after liverpool tapped him bit like a shark nothing going on, no emotion.

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  • brighter

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Anita is not deserve to play at central midfield but looked good little bit at right back position.
    Ed Please you do not overrate him than his real ability.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    liverfool 120 million in two seasons??? are they any better than us???? they have spent nearly ten times what we have, theres is not the way forward, it blows clubs up.

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  • beefman13

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    brighter , anita has played three games for us and is improving all the time he is the dutch international midfielder for god sake, he is top drawer.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Ashley looks very clever when he put guys on 5 yr contracts and then prices of 25 mill on their heads. That wont work once a player wants to move. And we’ll see that next summer if we dont start to make sure we get a few more players of quality in. Billson and Co, please note, I’m not asking for a return to the days on buying Michael Owen etc. The second issue, is that if we sell, say Cabaye, for 20 mill, we’ll only invest about 5 mill of the money back. So Barclays will be happy, but I feel we could push the boat out a bit more. Debuchy was a massive case in point, but hopefully Anita may be every bit as good, and maybe more 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #38

    I missed Sky highlights last night. How did Santon do defensively?

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  • beefman13

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #39

    munster, there is always this negativity in your posts, look amilifatano cost nothing he has as much skill as cabaye he can beat a player has more pace and great vision, great scouting, go and support liverpool you are just a moan.

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  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster, santon had a great game defensively and attacking, just wasn’t used as much as he should have as was having success down the left. He was my man of the match. Also loved the old fella sitting beside me call him suntan everytime he touched the ball

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