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Here’s A Player Who Has Taken His Chance This Season

9:04 am, Saturday, September 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Vurnon Anita is getting some good publicity today, for the way he has buckled down at Newcastle, and he has played very well when he got his chance to play in Newcastle’s midfield, with Cheick Tiote being injured and Yohan Cabaye refusing to play, and Vurnon has come in and got the job done for Newcastle.

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Vurnon Anita – buckled down well at Newcastle

Vurnon plays a very conservative game, and plays the obvious pass, and very rarely gives the ball away, but he’s been very effective for Newcastle this season so far, but Cheick Tiote of course is keen to replace  him in Newcastle’s starting line-up, especially in this World Cup season.

Alan Pardew has talked about the former  Ajax and Dutch International in the local papers today:

“Vurnon’s played well.” “His use of the ball has been very conservative.”  “You have to remember he’s a Cheick Tiote breathing down his neck. Trust me, Cheick’s looking great this year.”

“He understood that last year he got overpowered at times.” “There are a lot of powerful players in the Premier League.” “He had to be a little bit smarter. He has been this year and all power to him.”

“He’s a player who understands that this level is a jump up, even though he was at Ajax.” “Ajax aren’t playing the likes of Everton, Man United and Man City.”  “In a lot of games, they completely dominate weaker opposition.

“Last year he came into a team where we weren’t the dominant force in 80% of the games. This year we’re more dominant.”

Those are interesting comments about Cheick looking great this year from the manager, and we’ll see him in action against Leeds United on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, and it will be a huge chance for the Ivorian.

But first things first, and if we are going to get the result we need today, a win against visiting Hull City, then Vurnon will again need to be effective, but we also expect to see Cheick coming on in the second at some point, along with the match-winner last week at Villa Park – Yoan Gouffran.

No game is easy in the Premier League, but if  Newcastle are really going to do well this season, this is a game we should be able to win.

What do you think?

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    “Last year he came into a team where we weren’t the dominant force in 80% of the games. This year we’re more dominant.”

    One game Alan … we’ve looked decent for one game against Villa.

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Laughable, Alan, laughable. The ball was flying over his head last year, he’s not going to be competing in the air is he.

    Play to players’ strengths. His man of the match performances when Tiote was away must have gone amiss then, Alan.

    “Trust me…”

    No thanks

  • 3 daztoon // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Try 100% we weren’t dominant last year and probably 80% the year before.

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I happened to speak to someone who was a West Ham fan last week and I straight away said, what do you think of Pardew?

    “Ohhh don’t get me started with him, he’s an idiot and he’s useless” were the first words from their mouth. My reply, “I know”

    Bit of market research there…

  • 5 DevonToon // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Repost
    Love this chap! Was saying weeks ago to Nico how important this lad will be to us! He does everything so simply, its easy to miss how good he actually is! Im just repeating myself, but we really have got a PERFECT midfield blend! I think only spurs have a better blend. Chelsea n arsenal are top heavy to many CAM’s if u like, Man utd… I dunno what there midfield is… but hand on heart I think id have ours. City obviously have an abundance of talent but pellers cant get a good mix going, hes lucky he got Y Toure, who is the perfect midfielder. Obviously their teams have better players, but as a midfield our three all offer very different, but very key ingredients! 2-1 today, some people getting carried away and hull aint been to bad… cisse and santon with the goals

  • 6 ErnestHemingway // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    LaurentRobert

    You said in the previous thread that a sign of a good manager is making average players good, or words to that effect. And proceed to claim Pardew cannot do this…what about him coaxing excellent performances from the likes of Ryan Taylor, James Perch, Leon Best, Mike Williamson (yes, even him).

    Fair enough, you may not rate/like Pardew, but please don’t make things up to suit your argument.

  • 7 ErnestHemingway // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    LaurentRobert

    I know many Liverpool fans who claim Kenny Dalglish to be a genius of manager (still). As I Newcastle fan, I vehemently disagree. There are many more examples one could use to show the differing opinions of fans of opposing clubs when it comes to rating managers.

    Are you incapable of using your own mind to judge a managers ability rather than ask West Ham fans?!

  • 8 Ian Toon // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Laurent – Most of the WHU fans I talk to at the moment want rid of Fat Sam and to play expansive football.
    Pardew bought them Dean Ashton and a Cup Final.

  • 9 bobby mango // Sep 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    ErnestHemingway – I think it’s clear he’s made his own opinion and has posted several comments on here, with examples of why he has no faith in Pardew. The WHU fan comment was just adding something he thought people may be insterested to hear.

    On the coaching players I agree Pardew vastly improved Perch. Said before I put that down as one of his greatest achievements. Not sure I agree on Ryan Taylor (he was always pretty reasonable, just got a run of games under Pardew because of lack of options). Best fair shout. Williamson – you’re kidding right?

    Guess you could say his also overseen remarkable improvements in Gosling, Obertan, Marv… Hasn’t he!?! Point is some players got better, others got worse, some stayed the same. A too coach would’ve seen the majority improve, those who didn’t shifted on.

    Last season, under his baffling tactics, many top players seemed to decline but it seems like he’s learning from mistakes. Anita getting game time over Tiote is a perfect example.

    Hope he keeps it up, everyone can make mistakes but you’ve got to learn from them. In his career Pardew hasnt done that much (see arrogance) but I’d be delighted if he starts doing it with us. Will support whilst we’re playing well, picking players on form and playing them in the correct positions and passing it. That’s regardless of results. IF it goes back to anything like last season ill be calling for him to go.

  • 10 daztoon // Sep 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    He got Perch playing that we’ll he dropped a division to Wigan




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