Not Everybody Is Happy At Newcastle


In the games at home to Leicester City and at Tottenham Hotpsur, when Cheick Tiote was missing from the squad, Vurnon Anita deputized,  but both times he was yanked at half time, and Newcastle went onto win both games with goals in the second half.

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Vurnon Anita – in action at Tottenham in first half

But then in the last two games at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool, Vurnon Anita wasn’t even in the squad and Mehdi Abeid filled in very well for the missing Tiote.

So we’re not too surprised to hear that Vurnon is not too happy with his current plight at Newcastle,  according to the Chronicle, as it seems that both Mehdi and the returning Ryan Taylor have moved ahead of him in the pecking order at the club.

Vurnon was the only senior player signed by Newcastle in the summer of 2012, after we had finished 5th in the Premier League.

And although he has appeared 80 times with two goals for the club, he has never been able to nail down a regular starting place on Tyneside, although he can play at full back as well as in midfield.

So things don’t look particularly good for Vurnon right now, but like anybody else who loses his place,  he will have to get his head down and train hard – and hope for the best.

Newcastle signed Vurnon from Ajax for around £6.8M,  and if Mehdi Abeid and Cheick Tiote both play in the African Cup of Nations in January and February, Vurnon may have to come into defensive midfield at that time.

Comments welcome.

Update:  – Vernon has said the story in the Chronicle is simply untrue – via his Twitter account.

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6 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    it’ll leave us with sissoko/colback/siem(hopefully back from injury)anita/vukic/bigi so i dont think we are that short tbh even if we do lose tiote/abied !

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    was at the match v leic in the platinum club on a members special offer . when tiote went off and anita went from subs group to main group. old man in front asked what had happened and i explained. he said thats ok he is a good friend of g carr and he thinks anita is one of the top midfielders in europe . i replied if he believes that he is suffering from early senility.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    I remember some old bloke on Total Sport absolutely raving about him, saying how good he was. I think he was only bought because we thought a late bid for Tiote or Cabaye would be made that summer, it wasn’t and it doesn’t look like it’s working out for him

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Nov 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    For me Anita has always held a lot of potential without ever accomplishing anything. He’s got a great passing range and showed that during his first season. However, he’s not worked hard enough to get to grips with the pace and pressure of the Premier League. He needs to bulk up and work on becoming a hard working playmaker from deep; something we don’t have at the moment aside from Colback. Sissoko is a wonderful box to box midfielder, with Abeid moulding his own play in a similar fashion. Tiote is our anchor man, breaking up play and moving the ball quickly; this is not the game Anita likes to play, but the side he needs to work on. He needs to define himself in a position which suits his talents, and needs to do it soon.

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  • LondonGeordie87

    Nov 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Hes just not good enough. Brings nothing to the team and gets bullied in the centre of the park. if we can get a mill or 2 for him id be happy and surprised!!

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  • goommy

    Nov 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Not sure about others. But for Anita I think it’s best for both club and himself if he move out this January. Hope he get a good new club..

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