Another batch of players have reported back to training at Benton today as they get checked out and look forward to their first training session together as a group tomorrow.
Vurnon Anita – on the bike yesterday
Vurnon Anita was signed from Ajax for £6.7M on August 15th last year, so he didn’t have a pre-season at Newcastle, and while Vurnon made 37 appearances for Newcastle last season with 27 starts, he still found it difficult as he adjusted to the demands of the Premier league.
But we are looking forward to seeing a much more accomplished Anita this coming season, and after returning from a vacation in the Caribbean, he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“I don’t like pre-season, but it’s necessary to get fit and to build stamina for the whole season,” “It’s very important. I don’t like it but I do it with pleasure because I know it gives me everything for the future and for the whole season.”
“Over the summer I make sure that I don’t eat too much and things, because you only make it harder for yourself in pre-season then, so I took care.”
“I went to the gym and I ran so I’m ready for pre-season and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody on Saturday, to have a chat and a laugh with each other and then start with the training again.”
“It’ll be good to play games again and see where we are as a team, so I’m looking forward to it and we must make it a better season than last season.”
“We have a good group and everybody is one year further with each other, so that’s also good and now we must build to do a good performance.” “When I came, everything was new but now it’s more normal and I’m looking forward to it.”
With James Perch leaving for Wigan earlier this week, Anita will get more chances to play in the first team, and he’s a player who can play in either full back position and in central midfield too.
And Vurnon is a very good technical player, as are most players who graduate from the famous Ajax Youth Academy.
We expect Anita to be a lot better in his second season at Newcastle, after adjusting to the pace and pressures of the Premier League last term.
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