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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