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