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.
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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