Vurnon Anita has made a good start to his Newcastle career by showing Newcastle fans he is capable of playing either in the center of midfield or at full-back.
Vurnon Anita – best right back at Newcastle?
Vurnon started the last game against Aston Villa in central midfield, but then when Danny Simpson went down with a hamstring injury and had to leave the game, Gael Bigirimana came on in central midfield and Vurnon switched to right back.
And it bodes well for Newcastle that both players went on to have good games in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw.
Ajax manager Frank De Boer did not want to lose one of his top players in August, but that’s what happened when Newcastle finally agreed a fee for the Dutch International, which we may add they failed to do with another two or three players during the summer.
Frank De Boer knows all about Vurnon’s versatility, and in his interview today in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, this is what Frank said from his base in Amsterdam:
“Vurnon is a great player because he just changes position without complaining.” “He will drop into defender at left-back or right-back and just do the job for the team.”
“He did that for me on many occasions with Ajax. I’m sure it will be the same at Newcastle.” “We know with Vurnon that whatever job you ask him to do he will give you every ounce of sweat he’s got.”
“Newcastle have a great player on their hands.”
Vurnon played in central midfield for Ajax last season, and in the season before that he played at left-back, so he already has lots of experience playing in either role, and he can start doing that for Newcastle.
Certainly if he performs as well at right back in the upcoming games as he did against Aston Villa, Danny Simpson could find it hard to oust Anita from that right back position when he returns from his hamstring strain in two to three weeks time.
And Vurnon seems so good, that the Dutch International deserves a starting position somewhere in the Newcastle side – and that could well be at right back.
And in our recent poll 46% of readers think Vurnon Anita is already the best right back at the club – and this poll is still open if you’d like to cast your vote.
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