Language Was A Problem – But It’s Not An Excuse Now

The Daily Mail is reporting on Friday that language was indeed a problem in the dressing room this year at Newcastle, once the five new Frenchmen arrived in January, according to Dutch International Vurnon Anita.

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Vurnon Anita in action at Motherwell

But Vurnon also adds a positive twist, saying that the English lessons over the summer seem to have helped things a lot, and this is what he had to say:

“The communication is much better now too, everybody can speak English now as well, so it is easier for everybody to communicate with each other and with the supporters.”

“We have had six months now to know each other as a group, we know each other better. We have no excuse this season to too badly. It has to be good.” “This is my second season, I know what to expect now.”

“The whole team now knows what to expect because the whole team did not know too much about how different the Premier League is to other leagues.”

“This year we must improve and I think we will do well.” ‘It will be nice that all of this squad have a full season together. The coach wants us all from the start so we are all settled and together.”

“The guys who came in during January also are here for the new season, so there is a good feeling between everyone building. Hopefully we will see that on the bench.”

‘I knew that it was going to be very, very tough, totally different to Holland. It is all about improvement. We have to keep together and work hard on and off the pitch.’

It must have been really frustrating for Alan Pardew and the coaches earlier  this year to try to get their points over to the new players in the dressing room, but that will not be a problem this season – so that’s good news.

And Vurnon will be hoping to push on in his Newcastle career, after he was signed from Ajax for £6.7M last summer,  and the Dutch International appeared 37 times last season for the Magpies with one great goal.

Vurnon got off to a good start at Motherwell on Tuesday night, when he had a solid game for Newcastle.

And Newcastle’s team spirit this summer seems as good as eve, and that’s good news too.

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14 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Signing wijnaldum I guess can be ruled out, no chance of kinnear getting that name right.

  • Dondatta13

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Id like to see a bid for Manchester City’s John Guidetti…

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we could get these all at reasonable prices:
    Kouyate(tall and pacy defender/midfielder), Boudebouz 7 assist, Menez 7 assist(Bennys buddy), J.Rhodes (28 goals)

    It worked out well last time we bought a Blackburn striker.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4
  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I have no doubts Rhodes could step up, he’s a natural goalscorer. Got a feeling though it would take a bid of at least 10 mill to get him.

  • stan anderson

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Your all deluded in my oppinion,being taken from behind,as per usual,

  • Offkey

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I know some on here are not Anita’s biggest fans, but I really like him as a player. He had a decent run where he was our man of the match for a number of games before being dropped by the drip (Pards) he worked hard and ran all day. I also liked the way whenever a team had a corner against us and we cleared it, little Vurn was after it like a shot, hassling any player who had it with no other NUFC players nearby…..the guy has heart…….just needs to be a bit rougher in the tackle.

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Sazzer, nice video. He’s just moved up my wish list.

    If cabaye does go to psg then we have to get menez as part of the deal. Quality player, we’d then have Ben arfa, menez, gouffran who can play on the right or left of Cisse.

  • geordie157

    Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I like Anita, but i’m not sure he’s really a dm, can’t recall him making many challenges but saying that his work rate is good. if tiote rediscovers his form then he’d still get my vote to start alongside sissoko

  • Bearsize

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #10

    As a DM you need intelligence before a crunching tackle. Thats why anita will force tiote on the bench this season. Hopefully 😉

  • microbar

    Jul 19, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Language will be more of a problem when JK Starts.

  • arctoa

    Jul 19, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #12

    @ 3

    Aye, Kevin Gallacher wasn’t bad!

  • elpaso_geordie

    Jul 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Gomis and Gignac don’t get me to excited id rather have Bent.

    We are crying out for pace in the team and Gomis and Gignac are anything but

    f**king depressing man

  • toonluvva

    Jul 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    As the newer recruits learn more of our language, the quicker they’ll realise that Pardew doesn’t have a clue what he is talking about.

    Last season I wonder how many of them thought their misunderstanding of the managers tictacs was just down to a breakdown in comunication.

    This season the full horror of Pardew will eventually dawn on them. I don’t want to get started on how they will feel about JoKe.


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