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.
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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