Vurnon Anita had one of his best games for Newcastle at right back in the 1-1 home draw with West Brom last Saturday. and he was second in our Man of the Match voting to goalscorer Ayoze Perez, yet Vurnon may be on the bench today at QPR.
Vurnon Anita – in action against Arsenal
That’s because Daryl Janmaat will return from his one game suspension, after picking up two yellow cards in the disaster at Leicester City two weeks ago that plunged us further into the relegation mire.
Newcastle are only two points above third bottom Hull City, and the Yorkshire club have a much better goal difference, so a win at Spurs for Hull today and another defeat on the road for Newcastle in London, could see us in the drop zone after today’s games – so serious is our position at the moment.
But Vurnon has said the right things in this interview he has given:
“We still have our future in our own hands, so we just have to concentrate on our own games and try to win them.”
“I just want to help the team, so it doesn’t matter to me whether I play in the midfield or the defense. Everybody needs to put their ego aside and fight as one.”
“If we win our game, we are guaranteed to have things in our own hands in the final game of the season. That is the most important thing. We do not want to get into a situation where we are relying on other teams.”
“We need to leave the past behind and just fight for these last two games and really give it our all.” “We need to try to stay up, that is the most important thing.”
“You need to be focused on that as players. With help from everybody at the club, we need to fight and get the job done.”
Vurnon may see himself switched over to left back today, if Carver wants to use him there, and move Jonas into midfield.
But luckily we do have some good players coming back, and Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons will be in the squad and Daryl Janmaat will start the game.
Newcastle need a win today, but it’s been 11 weeks since we last won a game when we beat Aston Villa 1-0.
Today would be a great time to pick up all 3 points at Loftus Road, as we did two years ago when we were also in deep relegation trouble and saved ourselves from the drop.