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Howay The Lads!!

Midfielder Now Coming Into His Own At Newcastle

4:28 pm, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

Vurnon Anita struggled a bit last season as the 5’6″ midfielder was trying to come to terms with the very physical nature of the Premier League in England.

vurnon anita with paul dummett

Vurnon Anita – I scored – being congratulated by Paul Dummett

We never thought his stature would be any barrier in the Premier League,because after all the greatest player in the world today – Lionel Messi – is only one centimeter taller than Vurnon at 169 cm.

But even as he was coming to terms with English football, the 24 year-old 3 times capped Dutch International still managed to make 35 appearances for the side last season.

We had a lot more games because of the 14 extra games we had in the Europa League.

But Vurnon is now coming into his own this season, and he will get a great chance to form a central midfield partnership with Cheick Tiote – and it worked very well indeed on Saturday as Newcastle completely dominated midfield.

This season Vurnon has made 27 appearances for the first team, with 24 of them coming in the Premier League and his goal on Saturday equals the goal haul he had last season.

And his emergence this season shows that players need time to settle down when they come from abroad, and even Mathieu Debuchy found it difficult at times last season, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is still getting to terms with the English game.

Vurnon is a good example of how the club needs to be patient with new arrivals, and Luuk de Jong for example will become a much better player once he has more time to settle down.

Loic and Luuk up front on Saturday looked like an excellent strike pair, although Luuk needs to get some goals.

But with all our players now fit and available, and Vurnon showing he may be able to fill in well for the departed Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle could become the surprise team in the last 10 games of the season.

And as we pointed out earlier today we are just one point off our pace of two years ago after 28 games played,  when we finished 5th,  - so maybe can equal the 65 points we picked up then.

With Vurnon continuing to play like he did on Saturday, that’s very possible.

Howay The Lads!!

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Vurnon Anita


48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Mar 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    we would be top six if cabs were here and remy didnt miss 3 games some people dont seem to be able or want to take circumstances into account

  • 2 mag // Mar 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    A top six spot awaits Newcastle United!

  • 3 firebug666 // Mar 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    A top six this season is a big ask given the teams above us, but if we can keep most of our good players and then add 3 or 4 first team come the summer it could be an interesting next season for us.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I don’t see top 6 in our future. Ashley doesn’t want it, he wants mid table with no extra games in Europe. A small squad is cheaper to run. I can see us staying in mid table but only if the club sort quite a few things out in the summer. A good striker of our own is a must of course but several other players need to be sold and replaced properly.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    If we don’t let Shola go this summer and bring in 2 decent strikers, and if we don’t move Obertan and Gosling on then I think the owner has learned nothing. Of course that wouldn’t exactly be news. Good players will cost and the wage structure will have to rise slowly to remain even remotely competitive. These are all things Ashley doesn’t want to hear.

  • 6 Jeff from Benwell // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Your comment about Cabaye is laughable and unsupportable.
    Here are some circumstance for you
    Cabayes last 3 goals were 1 against Stokes 10 men 26th Dec and 2 against West Ham 18th Jan ,his last game for us.
    Between those 2 games we lost in the prem toArsenal at home West Brom away and Man City at home in those 3 games YC was anonymous and hardly got a touch and for the FA cup loss to Cardiff he sloped off to Paris for the weekend.
    He’s hardly played for PSG ,the guy has proved himself another money grabbing tosser

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Most likely scenario for the summer: Remy leaves and goes to a club who will pay him about 100K a week and has a spot in Champs League. We may sign De Jong. We look for a fairly cheap second striker but keep Shola just in case with a 1 year extension. We bring in 1 CB since Saylor is not working out. We move for an AMF to replace Cabaye. If the fee isn’t too high and his wage demands are low enough we may even get one. We try to move out a bit of dead wood. That’s about it. Net cost: definitely under 20M, and probably under 15M.

  • 8 dufuss // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    dont forget the dozen jam donuts

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Net result for next season: not enough goals in the side to rise in the league standings. Possible 12th place finish depending as always on injuries and unforeseeable cockups because we have Ashley as owner.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    We may get the dozen jam donuts but only if someone takes a pay cut.

  • 11 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I had a jam doughnut once. It was quite nice. Oh no, wait..wait…wait no – it was an Opel Kadett. No, come to think of it, it was just OK.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    If we have to sell another player this summer to manage a profit for this season it would come as a real surprise as we have already sold Cabaye and have a huge increase in TV revenue coming. So what will the excuse for not spending in the summer be this time then and who will make it? Will Pardew have to get up and make up some fresh bollocks for Ashley?

  • 13 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Btw G2 don’t forget one of the things Mike doesn’t want to see as well is #AshleyOut. :)

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    How about this one Alan and Mike? “We are consolidating our position in mid table and see no need for spending in the summer. The club is strong both financially and on the pitch. We have excellent depth at all positions with fine players like Saylor, Gosling, Amalfitano, and Obertan at the club and will continue to use them. Mike has full confidence that we can stay in mid table.”

  • 15 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    …and as we promised, none of our top players will be leaving, Mike Williamson in particular has been told he’s going nowhere, no matter how much Bayern offer….

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM


    we would be top 6 if we didn’t lose at home to Sunderland!

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    While other clubs piss about trying to get into Champs League we show true leadership by aiming for mediocrity. Look at Liverpool for example. What a cheek trying to build a winning club. It’s giving fine owner’s like ours a bad name. They may get into Champs League but we will lead the way with a net negative spend. Huzzah!

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I just read an article early this fine morning regarding the upcoming friendly between England and Denmark and it made me realize what we are missing:

    “… pace, dash and pluck” ;) haha

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    We will continue to build our future around fantastic players like Obertan, Amalfitano, Gosling, Saylor, and Santon. Why panic and spend money? Those other foolish clubs may get 80 or 90 points a season but we will have true stability.

  • 20 Hugh Jorgan // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Nile Ranger cleared of rape

  • 21 wolfshead@toon // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM


    which positions do pace dash and pluck usually play in then :-)

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Tsunki mate I think Ashley won’t care about that as long as the ground is full and the TV cameras get a good view of the SD hoardings.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Willo is over 30 now but Mike is counting on him to be the core of our defense for at least another 10 years. And Shola will lead the attack for another 5 or so. Solid gold!

  • 24 wolfshead@toon // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM


    you missed out a 0 next to the 5 mate haha

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Come on everybody let’s chant together:
    “Net negative spend
    Net negative spend
    Net negative spend”

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Could be right wolfie mate. I could see Shola showing a defender the backs of his wheels as his wheelchair speeds towards the opposition goal! :)

  • 27 Shadow_Shearer // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Mike Ashley isn’t going to spend money on players in the summer. He’s keeping cabaye 20 million to buy pies. He has no interest in winning premiership or cup trophies, the only trophies that interest him out there are from pie eating competitions!!

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Mike Ashley. Leading the way to absolutely nothing. Double Huzzah!

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    We had the entertainers under KK. Now we have the financially responsible mugs under Mike.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Where did anybody get the idea that sports was about competing well and winning? Fools! Sports is about balancing the books! It’s obvious! Barcelona and Real Madrid have been doing it that way for years! Do you think their owners care about trophies? Absolutely not. It’s about net negative spending. Harrumph.

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I always like to finish with a Harrumph!

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Well I’m off to hurt myself on a treadmill now mates. Hope to catch you later.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Why has the Montpellier president got a problem with us

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Wolf…that is the forward line mate ;) lol

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Have you all finished moaning about pardew now, or are you taking a day off

  • 36 magpie6699 // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    On a separate note, nice to read that Ryan Taylor’s been helping with the youngsters while he’s recuperating. He may be the forgotten man who’s not the greatest talent but his attitude is spot-on.

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM


    I have no idea, it’s bizarre. He sold us mbiwa, not like we smuggled him out of the country under cover of darkness.

  • 38 mindshaft // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    At least some of the southern press are reporting the incident for what it was

  • 39 beermonkey // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM


    ryan taylor first team place might have gone but it will be good to have him back in the squad
    his set piece play delivery is excellent shame weonly aim for willo

  • 40 dufuss // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    we should aim for sissoko to get his heading up to scratch

  • 41 mindshaft // Mar 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    I love this blog, two weeks ago people were saying we could still be rekegated , two wins later we’re going for 6th – another couple of wins and we’ll be going for champs league :)

  • 42 toon kk // Mar 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    very true, we’ve gone from a poor squad to top four contenders all in two wins. Not bad!!!!!!!

  • 43 catchy in norway // Mar 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM


    I think Man U are not as good as us,

    there is only a few players I’d swap from there team

  • 44 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Catchy – Ketsy said that last year and we all hauled him over the coals for it. In hindsight it was pure prophecy :)

  • 45 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Mineshaft – when we lose by a couple against Fulham normal service will be deemed resumed.

  • 46 Toon Tang // Mar 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    jesus H christ, there’s tumbleweeds rolling all of over the damn place

  • 47 Toon Tang // Mar 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Is everyone out celebrating with our Nile or what? hahahaha

  • 48 mindshaft // Mar 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Quiet on here tonight – Aldi got a sale on or summit ?

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