When Vurnon Anita was starting for Newcastle earlier in the season, he turned in some excellent performances for the side, and pressed Cheick Tiote to start playing his best football for a couple of years, as the Ivorian’s first team place was under severe pressure from the 24 year-old 5′ 6″ Dutchman.
Vurnon Anita – will play tonight
Alan Pardew has said that Vurnon will play tonight, and it’s a good opportunity for the manager to see if Anita is finally getting to grips with English football, and it certainly has looked that way with Vurnon turning in some very good performances for the first team so far this season.
Alan Pardew talked about Anita today in the local press:
“Vurnon will play.” “If this was a Premier League game, I would still have to freshen it up because of the emotion and physical output on Sunday.”
“It was such that we need a bit of freshness for this game.” “Vurnon is a great player to put in.” “He is in good form and I don’t think he’s going to do anything but enhance his chances of playing against Chelsea.”
“His physical output and his speed have increased since he has been here.” “He has become a better specimen for the Premier League, and that is showing.”
This will be a big chance for the Dutchman to put in his claim to start in midfield for Newcastle, and he has so far played eight times this season, and 45 times in total, since signing for Newcastle from Ajax fourteen months ago.
We need Vurnon to play well if we are gong to get through this tie tonight against a strong Manchester City side.