Vurnon Anita came in for the missing Yohan Cabaye on Saturday afternoon against West Ham and he had a very solid if unspectacular game in defensive midfield, and seemed to link up well with Moussa Sissoko, who showed signs of his best form, with some surging runs up the middle of the park.
Vurnon Anita – had a good game on Saturday
And in our voting for out best player against West Ham, Anita easily won it with a good 53% of the vote with Ben Arfa second at 9%, Santon at 7% and Sissoko at 6%.
We all know Anita is a very good technical players, but he found the Premier League difficult last season, but hopefully he’s coming to grips with it, and he had this to say yesterday on the Newcastle web-site:
“As a player you always want to play, and against West Ham was my chance to play and show what I can do. It is up to the coach to decide if I play the next game or not. I feel like I did my best.”
“I liked playing in that role alongside Moussa Sissoko, but that’s not up to me. That’s up to the coach to decide. If he plays us, if he plays me, I am ready.”
“We have focused a lot on keeping the ball,” “The second half we showed it . We had plenty of little one-twos, but we didn’t score. That’s the only negative point.”
“The only way we can turn the possession into shots and goals is if we work on our movement in the final third a bit more.” “We need to get in behind the strikers. Little things like that. As long as we are patient, keep the ball, then those doors will open up for us.”
Good words form Vurnon there.
Of course if Yohan Cabaye does leave then Anita will instantly become a much more important player for Newcastle, but even if Yohan ends up staying on Tyneside, we hope Vurnon can get to grips with the physical nature of the Premier League, because he can still become an important player for the side.
We hope he does just that.
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