Magpie Midfielder In Baptism Of Fire – But Coming Good

We’ve said a few times that with Yohan Cabaye being out of the Newcastle side until February, how we’ll do until then has a lot to do with the man who will replace him in the middle of the park – Vurnon Anita – and how he plays

Vurnon Anita – coming good at Newcastle

But Vurnon was out Man of the Match at Stoke last week, and he’s been up there in the top three for around the last five games or so, as he continues to improve at Newcastle, as he adjusts his play to the English style of football – physical and aggressive.

Alan Pardew still thinks he has a winner in Vurnon, as he had this to say today:

“He’s had a baptism of fire. This really was a year of coming into a good side, being in and out, getting his confidence and finding out what he would bring to the team.”

“Unfortunately for him, we haven’t been winning and he’s been in the thick of it nearly every week, trying to understand Premiership football.” “I think Stoke was a bit of a shock but I honestly thought he was one of the best players on the pitch.”

“He’s never had the pressure and aggression he’s experienced here in any match in Holland, I promise you that.” “He’ll cope though and get stronger as we go along”.

Vurnon was the only senior signing in last summer’s transfer window, and we are hoping Newcastle will bring in  say three good players in January to bolster our weakened squad.

And Vurnon has a characteristic that Newcastle seem to look for in their transfer targets these days – he has terrific skill and technique, as was witnessed when he rifled in that goal at Club Brugge, hitting the ball superbly on the volley.

We think this lad is a good player and he’ll show that in the next few months.

We hope he’ll show that in the next two months. 😀

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Big game for the lad tonight im hoping everyone gets up for this game its a must win.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    His tireless closing down of opponents is what impressed me most but he needs to improve his passing range and accuracy from what i have seen. Saying that none of our players can pass a ball 5 yds at the moment.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    “Alan Pardew will tell you that he tries to play good football – That’s rubbish, he plays long ball football. It’s very direct, there is no creativity in midfield, he just wants to play route one football. Every time I’ve seen his teams play, they play that way but he’ll say in the Press ‘we play good football.’ At times he can be a conman.” –

    ex player and pundit Stewart Robson when Pardew was appointed as Newcastle United’s manager.

  • geordie157

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Anita well become a very solid good player for us. Think we’ll win tonight, 2-1

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Haven’t posted for a few days, what more to say? It’s down to AP and the players now. Worried about game? Hell ye. Need a win, most likely result a draw…
    On Ba, we CANNOT lose players in Jan., we need to add 3 top class ones to survive. In our relegation year we actually sold our two best players in January (Given, Milner), which basically amounted to suicide.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7


    Milner went is August, but you are right. we need Net 3 players in whether its 4 going out and 1 coming in or any other way.

  • Santon03

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8


    At least we are #1 at something

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #9

    I was just thinking yesterday, in 2008-09, we could have had Modric and Schwinestiger playing for us in CM, ended up withButt barton and smith

  • Santon03

    Dec 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus & Indian

    3 more games, if we lose all of them, it’s not new players we need the most, but new manager

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Once bitten twice shy? Last time around, no one, including fans, believed we’d go down. “Too good to go down”, everyone said. So, now we know, we ain’t immortal. It’s between us, sunder, QPR, Reading, maybe wigan. Perhaps management sees that… we need serious strengthening pronto. The likes of Sammi, Oba, Fergi cannot doit, despite their honest intentions.

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian, don’t think Barton took us down, was injured that year most of the time and in the last 8 didn’t feature because of argument with shearer: “You’re a shite player!” “Yeah, and your a shite manager!”
    Who was more wrong or right? 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    We got lucky last year with injuries…just one long term to steven taylor.

    We now are missing more influencial players like cabaye and ben arfa is currently out.

    I still cant understand why we persist with fergie and sammy over marvoux who has much more experience, even though it’s in french football.

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Santon, of course you are right, and I reserved judgement on AP, despite his manager of the year award. BUT, it’s up to the players in a big way, despite formations and all that. Each has to take this personally, and take it on himself to win this game. I know the feeling, if u do or have done team sports, u know what I mean. You want the ball all the time, u r a man possessed, u fight every second, are always available for a pass. That’s what we need tonight. The sublime skill ain’t there, for a lot of players, it seems, so we need the hard work

  • Premiership Manager

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon, although I hate to sat it you may be right but I don’t think it would be good for the club. I also can’t think of who is available who I would like or would improve the situation given Ashleys budget and the fact he’d have to pay pardue off.

    We do have a decent squad but there are underlying problems and if Ba doesn’t go in January I’d be amazed.

    We need some young proven EPL players who can battle it out and grind out results but more than anything the team needs a heart and somebody who can lead, bully and rally the team. Shearer did it, Nolan did it and despite his flaws Barton also did it. Colo is a good defender but not a leader of men you only need to compare him with Terry to see what is mising and I hate Terry without reservation but his presence for Chelsea undeniably makes a huge difference to how they play.

    I expect Ba to go and wouldn’t be surprised to see bids for Cabaye and possibly Tiote. Who we sell will depend on the offers but could also indicate where the problems lie on the pitch.

    We have 7 hard games coming up in Wigan (h), Fulham (a, London games are never good for us), Man C (h), QPR (h, will not be easy as they are fighting relegation and Harry is now in charge), Man U (a), Arsenal (a), Everton, (h) and Norwich (a). February isn’t any better either so we need to get on top of things and grind out some results, with some needed against the better teams.

    Draws will not cut it and as much as I hate to say it I’m not confident that we can avoid a relegation battle if things do not improve significantly.

  • Santon03

    Dec 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16


    I play football with my friends not professionally, but I played basketball professionally.
    Basically is the same thing in basketball, the coach didn’t put the team on the court just their best statistic players. Each player has their own strength, the coach put on set of players suited to handle the opponent. Everyone has their role to play, some only play very few minutes just to test how their strengths will affect the game.
    If you play HBA, Anita, Cabaye, Santon, Fergie, Jonas with long ball system, they won’t be able to do well. They are not built for that kind of style and they are more suited to one touch football.
    One example : HBA has good pace and technical, but he is one of the worst in defending, and AP asked him to help with defense. He is much better staying up front, if he go deep in defense then their full back will go forward and help attack and HBA marking him.


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