Last year in the last few games of the season Vurnon Anita played the best he has ever played for Newcastle United when it really mattered and in that final game against West Ham he was great and second in the Man of the Match voting, only to the incomparable Jonas Gutierrez.
And today Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on the Dutch International, who had an excellent game at right back in the great 3-0 win over Swansea last Saturday.
Rafa is simply delighted with the positive can-do attitude of the 27 year-old who was signed from Ajax in the summer of 2102 and has so far played 95 times for the side with two goals.
Vurnon Anita – he’s a player you can trust
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about Vurnon in the Chronicle today:
“He is doing really well. We knew before that he’s a player you can trust.” “We played him at left-back and he’s clever and can adapt well.”
“On the right side he’s even better because he can push forward and cross well too.” “I am really pleased because some players are adapting themselves well to the circumstances and the team.”
It seems that Vurnon is a better right back than a central midfielder and he did play for a full season at Ajax at left back – so he’s versatile alright.
Vurnon will start at right back tonight and if he plays as well as he did on Saturday in keeping Jefferson Montero quiet, he should start at Liverpool on Saturday – whether or not Daryl Janmaat is fit for the game.
Let’s give this player some credit – he always does his best for the team.
Vurnon is certainly a battler and not a bottler and those are the players we need in the team right now.
If we can survive in the Premier League this season – which is still against the odds – players like Vurnon Anita will be the real heroes on Tyneside.
Howay The Lads!!