Vurnon Anita is starting to look like the player Newcastle thought they had signed last summer, and he had another good performance for Newcastle in the unlucky 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Wednesday night, after we were 1-0 up with just 9 minutes to play.
Vurnon Anita – improving fast at Newcastle
Vurnon took a little time to handle the physical demands of the Premier League, but he is now starting to show what a good player he is, and what a great acquisition he could become for Newcastle in the years ahead.
And the 23 year-old is not shying away from the fight that lies ahead, if Newcastle are going to climb that league table, and when you are in a relegation scrap, intensity and desire are two important elements of the side.
This is what Vurnon said in the local papers today:
“The league table is not a nice thing to look to.” “We must focus on the good things, learn from those, keep working hard.” “We have lost the last two home games in the Premier League so we have to stop that on Monday.”
“Wigan is the perfect time for us to change that.” “The positive was that we were one-nil up, doing great, playing well, and I think we should try to forget the last ten minutes before the Wigan game.”
“We must learn from our mistakes of course, but it is also to learn from the positives too. There were plenty of those, we have to take the positivity to Monday.” “We worked very hard, we chased them down very hard when we were out of possession.”
“We must keep the faith even though we have lost this game in the end.” “We are all disappointed with the outcome but it is not all bad after this. We have to just work hard.”
“It’s not nice when we keep suffering injuries, suspensions, but that’s football. These things can happen.” “We must keep on fighting and keep the spirit up like we did on Wednesday. We did very well and we must keep that spirit high, bring it to the pitch.”
Whether Vurnon likes it or not – he has become a key player for Newcastle – now that Yohan Cabaye is out for until February, and the Dutchman is the best player to take over Yohan’s creative role in attacking midfield.
Certainly we’ve liked what we’ve seen in the last four or five games from the 5 times capped Dutch International, and we even think this lad will continue to improve as he gets more games for the side.
We hope he continues to improve as he gets more games for the side.
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