After Vurnon Anita’s performance at right back against Aston Villa last time out, 51% of our readers already believe Vurnon is the best right back we have on the books.
Vurnon Anita – versatile performer for Newcastle
The Dutch International looked very comfortable in the full back position when he took over from Danny Simpson, after Danny had pulled a hamstring in the first half.
And of course he can play on either side, having played at left back for a full season under then mansger Martin Jol at Ajax a couple of years ago.
Vurnon is a versatile player and a good one too, and he’s likely to quickly become a top player at Newcastle.
This is what the 3 times capped Dutch International had to say today on the Newcastle web-site today:
“We’ve got two injuries on that side so if the manager needs me on that side I’ll do my best for the team,” “It went well against Aston Villa. As a right-back you can come forward a lot, so I did that also and yes, I think it was a good performance.”
“In the second half against Aston Villa, we played much better than the first half. We worked hard and we scored a goal so we must take that spirit into the next game and do that from the start.”
“Central midfield is my position so the main focus is on the midfield – but if the manager needs me on the right side I can also play there.” “I saw the highlights (of the Everton vs Man U game) and they were very aggressive. They played very well so we must be prepared.”
“I know two players that play there. I played with Steven Pienaar at Ajax – he was there when I made my debut.” “And Johnny Heitinga, also from Ajax and the national team.”
“They are very good players so I know they have a good team and a very strong team.” “It’s a good opponent to play against and we’re playing away so we must be prepared.”
“The great supporters, they keep cheering for us and that’s a great spirit which is good for us.”
It may be hard for Vurnon to nail down a starting spot in the middle of the park, became of the good form of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, but he does provide competition to those two top players, although we expect Anita will soon become a starter at one of the full back positions, and probably right back.
Anita was named in the provisional squad for Holland’s World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Hungary, but missed out on the final cut, but if he continues to perform at Newcastle as he’s done so far this season, he should make the Dutch squad in the future, and travel with his team mate Tim Krul.
Here’s the results so far in our poll that Vurnon leads.
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