One piece of positive news during November and December was the emergence of Vurnon Anita, and the 23 year-old has starred for Newcastle in the middle of the park in Yohan Cabaye’s absence, and he is looking a very good buy for Newcastle and his temperament and positive approach to the game are simply first class.
Vurnon Anita – should be fit for tonight
And it appears from what Vurnon says, that he’ recovered from the severely bruised ankle he sustained near the end of the game at Old Trafford last Wednesday, so we expect him to line up alongside Cheick Tiote in the middle of the park tonight, and that’s good news for Newcastle.
This is what the 23 year-old 5 times capped Dutch international had to say in the local press today:
“ “Things can change very quickly.” “We came back last season with Ajax and achieved something good in the second half of the season. Anything can happen.” “That’s why we must have some faith in ourselves. We have a good team here still and lots of points to play for.”
“But we must start winning games.” “If we stick together then I am sure we can do that.” “Every game recently has been a case of almost, almost. So we are getting closer to the results.” “We just have to keep on working.” “In Holland we are usually off at Christmas.”
“We have 10 days holiday. Now my body is getting used to it.” “I enjoy playing lots of games so it is good for me.” “They are tough games in the Premier League, but we continue to give every game a good try.” “Physically I feel good and it is not a problem for me.”
In truth Newcastle did very well in the first 70 minutes of both their last two away games at Manchester United and Arsenal – but we got zero points, and now it’s all about getting the points in the bag, and while a great performance tonight would be good, it’s a time when results are more important than performances.
Maybe we can also get a little bit of luck tonight, but if we are ahead going into the last 20 minutes of the game tonight, we’re still going to be a bit nervous that we can hang on for the win.
Let us know how you think we’ll do tonight against Everton.
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