This Newcastle Player Has Come In From The Cold


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.

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63 comments so far

  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • the broons

    Aug 27, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #2

    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.

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  • gaz 44

    Aug 27, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #3

    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?

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Team for weekend
    Janmat Colo Mbemba haidara

    Wijnaldum Anita

    Thavan De Jong Perez

    mitrovich

    2 – 1 to Newcastle Perez with the winner

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #5

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-uniteds-transfer-plan-set-9941048?

    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?!

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  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Anita > Colback

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • hobobicus

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • hobobicus

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Janmaat and haidara as wingbacks though it doesn’t show

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  • switch365

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Krul
    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Haidara
    Anita Wijnaldum
    Thauvin de Jong Perez
    Mitrovic

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

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

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Hobo,

    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)

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #13

    switch – great minds and all that

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  • gaz 44

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #15

    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!!

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  • hobobicus

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Re beautifulmind
    Thts th team I wamy to see this weekend

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #19

    I here you SB

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  • gaz 44

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #20

    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

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  • Mr Funk

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #21

    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?

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #22

    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

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    I think a draw would be a good result for us

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

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #24

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

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  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #25

    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!!!

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 27, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Graeme

    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

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  • Bradley

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Krul
    Janmaat mbemba colo haidara
    Wijnaldum Anita
    Sissoko de Jong thauvin
    Mitrovic

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  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #31

    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

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Beermonkey

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

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Graeme

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #34

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

    £100m for the 3rd Transfer Window

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #35

    will die
    Why would he pay for free advertising?

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #36

    eaststandgeordie

    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

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  • toon kk

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Graeme
    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”

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