This Midfielder May Not Make The World Cup Next Summer

24-year-old Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita has played three times so far for Holland, but since he arrived at Newcastle fifteen months ago from Ajax, he has not been called up for the Holland squad.

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Vurnon Anita – in action for Newcastle in pre-season

And maybe one reason for that is that Vurnon has been settling in trying to get used to the Premier League, and he has not been a regular starter for Newcastle, although he has already played seven times this season, and only last Saturday he lost his starting position to Cheick Tiote.

It’s going to be tough for Vurnon to get into the side on a regular basis this season for the Magpies with Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko, all regular International players ahead of him at Newcastle.

But Vurnon is a very good technical player and a very tidy player who doesn’t give the ball away very much, and even Alan Pardew confessed that the Dutchman was unlucky to lose his place last Saturday, after some good performances this season for Newcastle., and a decent performance in the previous game at Everton.

However, Vurnon hasn’t given up hope of being in the Dutch squad in Brazil next summer, as he said this today in the local papers:

“I would love that with my Newcastle team-mates against me.”  “I would love to get to the World Cup but I have to take it step by step and my first priority is for my club.”

“And I need to play well to get into the national team. I really hope I can regain my place in the Netherlands squad.”  “I think they are looking at everyone and if you play a lot of football and perform well, you will get selected.”

“But first thing is first and Newcastle is my priority. If I do well, it benefits everyone, the team and myself. But yes, of course, I want to play in the World Cup – and I’ve made a decent start.”

“We have very, very good footballers but I think everyone learns from each other in this system.”

Since he arrived at Newcastle Vurnon has played 44 times for the first team, and he has improved since he arrived on Tyneside, and who knows – if he can play well for the side this season, he could make it into the Holland squad along with goalkeeper Tim Krul.

But it’s going to be tough.

What do you think?

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4 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    It is a big worry that we have some many continental players, but we fail in almost every department when it comes to string together a modern effecient 4-3-3!

    …and when ever it goes south we know who Pardew is going to pick (whether that goes great or bad usually determents on this blog if he is a genius or way over his head)

    People know where I stand on this point 😉

  • Harley

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s nothing to do with this article but Sturridge is one of those players I can’t stand.

    Don’t get me wrong he’s a top player and I’d love him at Newcastle but the way he puts his arms out after he scores as if he’s the big cheese really bugs me.

    Then to top it all off he does that crap dance!!!

    He’s such an arrogant little pr@&k!!

    Ok I feel much better now.

  • mickg108

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Pards needs to find a place for Anita & not on the Bench,,he struggled last season ???,,who didn’t but he will be a class act,,more composed than Tiote,,more defensively minded than Debuchy & Santon,put together..But he’ll never be a C/B in the Premiership.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Anita is certainly improving, but I think that is down to him passing sideways instead of forwards. His improvement is down to him keeping it more simple. Now we need Tiote to recognise what type of player he is too. Tiote really needs to cut out the showboating, long range shots & Xabi Alonso (attempts) passes.

    There are times when Tiote looks like he is dribbling with a rugby ball, when he is put under pressure. I personally love the guy for his attitude and work ethic, but know your limits.


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