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This Newcastle Player Has Come In From The Cold

7:44 pm, Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

We singed Vurnon Anita form Ajax in the summer of 2012 for £6.7M from Ajax, and he was the only senior player we signed that summer when we also brought in youngster Gael Bigirimana from Coventry for £1M.

Vurnon has never quite managed to hold down a starting position, although he played very well when it really counted in the last few games of last season,  and had an excellent game in the 2-0 win against West Ham United that finally saved us.

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Vurnon Anita – in action at Swansea this season

Vurnon is a very good technical player and he very rarely loses the ball, but it could be that he will nail down a starting position this season under Steve McClaren,  who knows all about Dutch players after managing for two spells at FC Twente.

Vurnon has started the first three league games for Newcastle, and will keep his place against Arsenal on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

And the really good news is that after over a three year absence from the International scene, new Dutch coach Danny Blind has recalled him to the preliminary squad of 31 to play Iceland and Turkey in two Euro 2016 qualifying games, during the upcoming two week International break.

The squad still has to be trimmed to 23 for the two games, so we hope he makes the cut.

Vurnon has been interviewed today in Holland’s De Telegraaf:

“I am still a true Ajax footballer, who still has his technique, but I have become physically stronger, which is needed to survive in England.”

“It is of course a preliminary squad and I have to wait and see whether I end up in the final squad, but it would be nice to have a sequel to my international career.

“I am 26 and have a lot more experience than five years ago. I hope I have many years ahead of me.”

Vurnon has so far played 98 times for Newcastle with two goals and two assists, and he looks very comfortable playing in one of the holding midfield positions with Jack Colback.

However, a number of other Newcastle players can also play there, and he will have pressure on his place as the season progresses, with Newcastle looking to have a much improved squad from last season.

But it’s good to see Vurnon contributing and it wouldn’t surprise us if he becomes a fixture of Steve McClaren’s Newcastle team – it’s  good to see him come in from the cold.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Euro 2016 · International News · Poll · Premier League · Vurnon Anita

63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Aug 27, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Poor old Vernun, he’s brought in from the cold and then singed! Ouch!

  • 2 the broons // Aug 27, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Anita really is gradually adapting well to premier league football and Mcclaren knows how he wants his team to play and I think Anita fits that bill.

  • 3 gaz 44 // Aug 27, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Just watched the video, been a season ticket holder up until this year.. First season not renewed and after watching that its killing me.. But still wont be buying one , may buy half season ticket In Jan if the teams still showing promise.. Really impressed with Stevie mac and I actually believe the club are starting to understand the fans.. I’ve loved the direction we’ve shown, how I would love the singing section back, not a singer myself unless I’ve a few beers sat in platinum club but love the atmosphere that we got on match days which has been killed?

  • 4 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Team for weekend
    Janmat Colo Mbemba haidara

    Wijnaldum Anita

    Thavan De Jong Perez


    2 – 1 to Newcastle Perez with the winner

  • 5 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Could we not send some scouts to the lower leagues in England and pick up the players we keep missing out on who dont cost a fortune?!

  • 6 Tinman // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Anita > Colback

  • 7 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    We need to retain possession. Colback not that technical for this game

  • 8 hobobicus // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Not commented in awhile but everyone seems set on 4231 how about this formation
    Mbemba taylor Colo
    Janmaat haidara
    Thauvin wijnaldum Perez/Aarons/over

  • 9 hobobicus // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Janmaat and haidara as wingbacks though it doesn’t show

  • 10 switch365 // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Haidara
    Anita Wijnaldum
    Thauvin de Jong Perez

    Bench: Elliot, Taylor, Colback, Tiote, Obertan, Aarons, Cisse

    I’ll go for 3-1 with Mitro to score 2.

  • 11 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    hob – risky formation not having played it at all even in pre season. Its good to have choices though for a change

  • 12 Tinman // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM


    Well that means having Haidara and Taylor both in the team, who most people would probably consider the worst of our usual starting 11. (Not counting obertan)

  • 13 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    switch – great minds and all that

  • 14 gaz 44 // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Is it just me or is everyone outrageously confident about this game. I’d be happy keeping it under 2 goals difference. Lol

  • 15 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    The only doubt I have about de jong at the minute is his work rate which will be needed against arsenal to close them down. The flip side is that he can produce magic at anytime!!

  • 16 hobobicus // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Just feel with a back five we can allow for a few more mistakes. Plus our fullbacks are usually up the pitch anyway and I trust Taylor being back there more than colback slotting in.

  • 17 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    gaz – Id take a draw now but weve got match winning/changing players which we havnt had hile

  • 18 spaghetti bandit // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Re beautifulmind
    Thts th team I wamy to see this weekend

  • 19 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    I here you SB

  • 20 gaz 44 // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I really admire optimism probably just been let down so many times over the years. We may have best squad in a while but they’ve still 7-8 players who would want to walk straight into our team

  • 21 Mr Funk // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    I see that Bordeaux and St Etienne have won their respective games for the europa league. If Gouffran and Obertan are going to go i guess one of these clubs could be their destinations.

    Also, as a possible DM how about Nampalys Mendy or is he too small?

  • 22 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    gaz – what will be will be. My view wont change the result so I choose to be positive. Id just be depressed bitter and cynical like some of the others on here otherwise lol

  • 23 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    I think a draw would be a good result for us

    3 points from Southampton swans man u arsenal is not that bad

  • 24 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    yeah Id take a draw now. Take 3 points off them at their place lol

  • 25 Graeme // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Liverpool had to work their arses off to hold out against the Arse in mid-week. We are going to have to work even harder to get anything at all. Can we do it? Of course we can lol

    Toon 2 – 1 Arse!!!

  • 26 beautifulmind // Aug 27, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Graeme – perez with the winner. hes gonna be awesome this season

  • 27 Graeme // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Beautifulmind – I don’t car if it goes in off the corner of Taylor’s right bollock mate – as long as we get the win. It will be a hell of an achievement, but not impossible.

  • 28 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Swans was a one off lets hop we have a better fourth game and we go for international break.

    Is Marvuex back to training he is due Sept. 12th. I think he has to b at least running now.

  • 29 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:04 PM


    thought benteke would of had more luck against there centre backs
    but with mitro perez and thauvin we do offer a different threat than we have carried in a while

  • 30 Bradley // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Janmaat mbemba colo haidara
    Wijnaldum Anita
    Sissoko de Jong thauvin

  • 31 Graeme // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Beer – Thankfully, their CB’s are crocked and/ or well worked over last few days – we will never have a better chance to get in amongst them. It will take an even better performance than the one at Manure, but there is no reason it cant be done.

    I can see Mitrovitch getting off the mark on Saturday and possibly Toe Van popping one in as well. Fingers crossed lol

  • 32 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:12 PM


    3 points from them 4 games is more than anybody though we would get i would be happy with that from 4 tough games.

  • 33 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:14 PM


    were getting fitter most of the team were rested so we should be pretty fresh

    I think if we get at them and deny them time and space we got every chance
    the man u game is a good base from a defensive side

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Mike shld give us a £20m a year deal for free adverising for 5 yrs. Paid once is everywhere at St. James park. I think even the tissue has sportsdirect. com

    £100m for the 3rd Transfer Window

  • 35 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    will die
    Why would he pay for free advertising?

  • 36 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM


    its not bad, but we need to finish this tough run with wins against west ham and Watford because its Chelsea man city after that then its not a bad run with lots of winnable games

  • 37 toon kk // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Let’s not get carried away folks, we’re going to play Arsenal, one of the best teams in the league. Which has quality and lots of pace.

  • 38 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    If we don’t beat West Ham and Watford I will be most annoyed

  • 39 Graeme // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Will Die / Yo – I think you will find that the only money MA will cough up is when his tat shop takes over as shirt sponsor from Wo***

    If he is serious about getting us into Europe, then all the stadium advertising belongs to UEFA – SD adverts would all have to be covered for broadcasting. Therefore, the Shirt Advertising is the only way he could get the name on the box during the game.

  • 40 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Am not sure he would even pay for that just bring out the old “we didn’t get any takers so we are just going to use SportsDirect as a template for how it could be if people did pay for it”

  • 41 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Thought we would get something from manure, now think we will get 3 points against arsenal. Looking forward to our first league win……battling 1-0 or 2-1……

  • 42 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Tbf am not all that fuzzed Wonga is on the shirt they pay plenty for it by all accounts

  • 43 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Don’t like wonga personally, but then again I don’t like capitalism all that much………difficult to take one and not the other….

  • 44 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Southampton didn’t qualify to the next stage of the Europa league? Is that right?

  • 45 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Southampton lost tonight with a full strength team over 2 legs. The more I look at our result against them the more I think we dropped 2 points.

    It’s nice seeing all these different formations like 3 CB’s and wing backs etc but coke back to the real world people, this isn’t a computer game where players adapt and adjust at the click of button. To play different formations it’s takes alot of time and effort on the training ground, not a case of waking up and thinking I’ll go with 3 at the back today!!

  • 46 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Come back not coke back lol

  • 47 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Southampton (just like West Ham) should be ashamed of themselves

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 27, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Midtjylland just kicked SOTON’s butt! 🙂

  • 49 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Co efficient rating will take a battering if English teams don’t do well in Europe. We could end up with top 3 teams in Champions league rather than top 4.

    I say this is the best league in the world yet our teams can’t get into the Europa League groups because they lost preliminary games.

  • 50 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Not i say but alot say this is the best league in the world…..utter nonsense. Can’t even get to group stages of europa league

    Silly mobile phone doing my head in on previous post

  • 51 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:02 PM


    if there is a poor showing from the champions league teams
    the self proclaimed best league in the world stands a chance of losing one of the places due the coefficient points

  • 52 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Our Toon
    More to do with the disrespect English teams show the competition rather than quality of football, we got the the quarters for Christ sake

  • 53 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM


    At least Southampton gave it a go and they just weren’t good enough which is frightening to think considering how good they were last season. West ham well they threw the towel in well before it started by playing weakened teams

  • 54 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM


    Southampton played there best XI over 2 legs mate, they didn’t play kids or weakened teams like West Ham when the hammers realised the 2nd leg was to much to overturn. Southampton gave it a go….weren’t good enough.

  • 55 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Not sure there is much chance of that though even Man City dont have that hard of a group

  • 56 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Our Toon
    U can play ur best team and not have them up for the match though. No offence to their opposition but they shouldn’t of had trouble qualifying

  • 57 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    The Co efficient rating is between Serie A and the Prem. We are currently 4 points ahead of the Serie A, if Italian teams progress further than English teams in Europe this season the prem will lose the allocation of 4 spots for CL next season

  • 58 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:11 PM


    Unlike other clubs Koeman came out and said he wants to try to win the Europa League. Where he’s from and pretty much all none English coaches really rate the competition. Koeman said why play a whole season and qualify for a competition and then not take it seriously?

    Southampton took it seriously

  • 59 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Our Toon
    It would be a very brave move to take away one of the PLs spots though

  • 60 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Our Toon
    Then they have some serious troubles then if that’s them taking a competition seriously

  • 61 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:14 PM


    It’s based on merit of performance so don’t see how it would be brave to take away something that’s based on merit?

  • 62 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Our Toon
    Money mate

  • 63 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:36 PM


    What’s money got to do with Co efficient rating mate? Uefa don’t look at how much money the prem makes, that system is based on performances in Europe.

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