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.
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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