In the last few games of the season we thought Vurnon Anita played very well for Newcastle, and in that last game he was almost Newcastle’s best player, although that fantastic performance by Jonas Gutierrez in his final game for the club won him our Man of the Match award.
Good players play well when it matters, so it will be interesting to see how Vurnon plays under new head coach Steve McClaren.
Vurnon Anita – had excellent game against West Ham
Vurnon is an excellent professional, but has been on the fringes of the side since he was signed from Ajax for €8.5M, which was around £6.7M back in the summer of 2012.
McClaren knows how to handle Dutch players from his two stints at FC Twente, and apparently thinks highly of Vurnon, because he knew of him when he was at Ajax, where he even played left back for one full season.
The lads are all safely back from the US tour now, and Vurnon has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and had this to say:
“We have to start the new season the way we ended last year with the win over West Ham. We have to start again in the same way.”
“From the beginning we have to start just like that. We saw that day that we had everybody behind us, which is going to make a big difference.”
“That last game was important for myself and the team because we wanted to stay up. We gave everything. We want it like that in every game.”
With the experienced players like Vurnon, Jack Colback, Gini Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong, Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote in the squad we seem well off for central midfielders.
But we will probably sell one of either Sissoko and Tiote, and if we do we would need to bring in another top central midfielder to replace whoever goes.
Maybe 25 year-old Dutch International Leroy Fer of QPR would be a candidate if that happens?
Steve McClaren and his coaching team are top-notch, and we look forward to some of our fringe players – like Vurnon Anita as one good example – coming through for the team next season.
Vurnon has played 95 times for Newcastle with a couple of goals over the last three seasons.