This Dutchman Will Be Better Next Season

We were wondering why we didn’t see more of Vurnon Anita in the second half of the season, and once the five Frenchmen came in during the January transfer window, the Dutch International’s first team appearances seemed to be curtailed.

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Vurnon Anita – more chances next season

Alan Pardew today has talked about his central midfielder, who still made 37 appearances for the Magpies,  with 17 of those being starts, and he also scored one stupendous goal.

This is what Alan said today about the 24 year-old:

He’s a great technician with the ball, and he’ll be better next year,” “I think it’s been a year where Vurnon’s had to adapt in a team that’s not done well, and wasn’t playing its best football,”

“He’s suffered because of the injuries we’ve had as much as everybody else.” “We’ll be looking to him to push on next year.”

It always takes time for new arrivals to adjust to the Premier League,  and Vurnon will be a lot better next season, we have no doubts about that.

What worried us was that he was not given a fair crack of the whip last season, and he could have played at either full-back position during the injury crisis earlier this year, or when Cheick Tiote was not playing well in defensive midfield.

So in that sense it’s good that he will be getting a fair chance next year – although the competition for places should be very high, and that’s a good thing for Newcastle.

Anita is versatile and can play in either full-back position – he played a full season at left back for Ajax –  and he can also play in central midfield, as the holding midfield player or the attacking midfielder going forward and he has bags of skill, having come through the famous Ajax Academy.

Vurnon was signed for around £6.7M in August, and he signed a five year deal, and he’s somebody who we think can eventually become a strong player for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    May 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Ibizas already done it too slow ed, consume coffee. 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Ed.

    I’ll go get a coffee, get looking for the next topic.


  • Transfer Sage

    May 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve never been hugely impressed with Anita when I have seen him, not the key player some seem to make him out to be…in my view that is.

    I still think he is a good player though and should have had more time in the side.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Typical Pardew,

    After having advertised Cabaye, Benarfa, now he will use ANITA

    Pretty lame if you ask me

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Transfer…I think for his first season he’s given a good account of himself and in some games has been our best player.

    Generally, when he’s started to get in to a good run of form he has been dropped for PL experience in the form of Tiote.

    Definitely a decent player and one I think will come good for us.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Indian…You think that’s Pardew trying to sell Anita?

  • toon22

    May 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Its West Ham all over again,Cabaye will be deemed expendble.He will probs win the CL with Barcalona next season lol

  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    not many players get MOM 3 games in a row, Anita did and could do it again

  • Indian Magpie

    May 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9


    He knows he may need him this season, after cabaye and Ben arfa leave. so trying to get him on his good side.

    So Anita does not ask for transfer after the ordeal

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s an example of Pardew moaning about injuries against Arsenal, yet the team was a good side which he put out.

    You’d think that we started the game with the development squad and had no quality to being on, when he was talking about missing Shola (good grief) and Sissoko (wrong position anyway).

    Same as other times this year when he’s saying things that are trying to greatly distort what is actually going on with injuries yet the players who are chosen are more than capable.

    When he coaches/manages it’s the squad of first teamers you coach not just a full set of uninjured eleven.

    Anita is a good player and as someone mentioned yesterday, which I told a friend the same thing last week, stick him in a team like Swansea’s and his ball retention would be excellent.

  • spitfire_

    May 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    He was better than Cabaye and Tiote even this season… Pardew you MORON! Just see the numbers ffs!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    All those years at the Ajax academy only to be coached by Pardew.

    Perhaps we’ll get a decent manager later this week.
    He has to go.

  • Rainrix

    May 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Anita did look good in those 3 games (not saying much i know) and then looked inconsistent at best when he was constantly being brought off the bench. Reason why is obvious. He could be a really good player for us if he isnt already fed up with being benched.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Indian..Ahh, get what you’re saying now.

    Not that I agree 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza…are you some kind of wixx kid 😉

    …you know in the old days they would burn you at the stacke lol

  • AaranD

    May 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    When been called upon has performed just as well, if not better, than our other center mids this year. Overall we have a very talented center midfield which has box to box, hardy and guile players. Our problem lies further up the pitch…

    This season its looked as if Cisse needs it on a plate to score ( not including the worldys he’s scored!) , and that’s fair enough if he’s putting them away. Because other than that he’s not much more than someone who can nick a late goal, he doesn’t have that dynamic pace or skill to beat players and his link up play is mediocre at best.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    hearing there is a press release scheduled for tonight, 6pm

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    *wizz (crap phone)

  • Tsunki

    May 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #19

    The only problem I see with Anita is that Alan has no idea where and how to pay him. Whenever he is on the pitch he gives a good account of himself, always looking busy, always looking for something to be involved in. Trouble is, our midfield has been a virtually non-existent shambles so its been mostly a waste of energy for him to create things there.

    Cabaye, Anita & Sissoko are actually players who should be orchestrating play. Jonas, HBA, Marv should have interchanging free roles. Perch, Tiote and the like gaining possession, holding and releasing from the back. None of the above happens because Pardew wants them all to over as one schoolboy mass up and down the pitch in waves leaving gaping holes behind them as they move forward.

    If you look at our team during a game, virtually everyone in the middle of the park looks frustrated and lost the whole time. And that includes the opposing side ha ha.

  • fatash

    May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #20

    I am surprised Anita or any of our decent players would want to stay Pardew does not seem able to get the best from them, and has no ambition. If I was a current player I would feel that the club got my services under false pretences promising Euro football etc when Pardew has clearly stated he is happy that the club is not involved in a Euro campaign this coming season.

  • woolerbill

    May 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Grab your boots and run as far away as you can. Change your name and never tell anybody you ever at NEWCASTLE . You have a great future in the game but not with Pardew.

  • Greebol1892

    May 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Utter twaddle! Pardew has no clue how or where to play Vurnon – hence his costly spot on the bench. He seemed to get most of his game time in Europa just so Pardew could save his 1st choices for PL.
    Anita should be gutted because his good performances have been disregarded. A cracking player in a clueless team – due to a tactically inept manager.

  • hadthetshirt

    May 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #23

    H would rather play jonas and perch before a lad who can pass a ball.I laughed at the comment about him being small and not being able to hoof the ball 🙂

  • dcdick

    May 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh no ………………… he still here ?


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