Newcastle have signed a really top class player in Vurnon Anita, and he seems to have settled very quickly at Newcastle and last time out looked a very good right back, when he deputized in that position after Danny Simpson sustained a hamstring injury.
Vurnon Anita – can play in many positions for Newcastle
We knew the 23 year-old was versatile before he arrived on Tyneside and he played a full season under Martin Jol at left back and then last season played a full season in defensive midfielder for Frank de Boer, and it helps when you are a two footed player and can play on either side.
So Vurnon is already looking a good buy at just £6.7M, and the fact that he’s sop versatile will help him to get many games this season in the Newcastle shirt, which is one of his main aims for the season.
Anita was interviewed in the Sunday Sun today, and this is some of what the Dutchman had to say:
“My preferred position is central midfield, sitting just in front of the defense.” “I stared in midfield at Ajax, but when Martin Jol was manager I played left-back.” “I made it to the Dutch national team in that position, so I can play there as well as right-back.”
“I am comfortable playing on the left and right.” “That happens in Dutch football. Most players can play in three different positions.” “Centre-half? I actually played there for Ajax when Marco van Basten was coach.” “I enjoyed it, but at Ajax there is a lot of passing the ball and playing football in a certain way, so it is different to here.”
“I think I am too small at 5ft 6in to play in central defence for Newcastle in the Premier League.” “However, the trainer can put me where he needs me, and I will do my best for the team. I want to play in as many games as I can.” “The football here is much faster.”
“You need to use more strength, it is a higher level to Holland.” “I am enjoying being here and I see it as an opportunity to improve myself.” “I like living in Newcastle. Amsterdam is more crowded and it is a little bit more still here.”
“The weather, so far has been OK, but we have snow and rain in Holland so I know about that. It does not bother me.”
We think we;’ll see Vurnon continue at right back tomorrow night, if Alan Pardew elects to play 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana in defensive midfield, but there’s also James perch who can also play in midfield and at either full back position, so it will be interesting to see what team Pardew selects for what is an important fourth league game of the season tomorrow night at Goodison park.
A win would be fantastic and lift the spirits of Newcastle fans, but it’s going to be very tough.
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