Vurnon Anita is one of the three or four players in the Newcastle side who are showing vast improvement over last season, and he will probably start again this afternoon against Hull City, and he has already given some tidy and efficient performance for Newcastle in midfield, and of course he is keeping Cheick Tiote out of the side.
Vurnon Anita - doing very well so far this season
Vurnon came from Ajax just over a year ago and was very highly rated, but last season the 24 year-old struggled with the physical demands of the Premier League, but it seems this season he is much more comfortable in a Newcastle United shirt, and like all players who come through the Ajax Academy in Amsterdam, he is very good technical player.
This is what Vurnon had to say today in a rather long interview:
“I came here to be competing at the top end of the table and a win over Hull will push us up there. Our ambition is to be up there with the very best teams. It is pressure for us but it is good pressure.”
“I was used to winning games at Ajax, so I know all about this kind of pressure and now it is all about winning games for Newcastle to try to get us up there with the teams at the top of the league.”
“It was difficult last year not winning, not being in the team. It was a new experience for me but it made me stronger as a player.” ‘Of course, you want to be play and to show what you are capable of, so it was far from ideal last season for me that I was not playing regularly.”
“I always kept strong in my mind that things would be OK because in football, you have ups and downs.” ‘There were no regrets about making the move.” ” I know what I can do and there was also a period at Ajax when I was not in the team under a new coach.”
“Back then, I kept working hard and believing in myself and eventually I got back in the team and played well enough to earn a move here.” “That is football – ups and downs. That was a down but it made me more determined to show what I can do – and it was the same last season here.”
“This is an exciting football team with Moussa, Yohan, Hatem and Cheick as well. We have moved to another level this season. The ambition is to try to get back into Europe.”
“It is still the highest thing you can achieve with your club and it is also good for Newcastle that other countries see what Newcastle is capable of. I think that is what we have to do.”
Good words from Vurnon there, and a number of our players have been positive this week in their interviews, about how good they think the team is this season.
If that’s true we should be able to win against Hull City today at home, for our third league win in a row.
And if we can do that spirits will be soaring on Tyneside – and that’s always good.
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