Vurnon Anita is becoming a popular player on Tyneside and while his attitude has always been first class, he struggled when he first arrived from Ajax in the summer of 2012, after we had finished 5th top in the Premier League.
But in the four seasons since then we’ve mainly struggled with relegation, so we’ve gone backwards rather than pushed on from 5th top.
Vurnon has started to show his value over the last couple of years and at the end of last season he was praised by manager Rafa Benitez for his performances at right back.
Vurnon Anita and Rafa Benitez last season
Vurnon has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he was asked if he had signed on at Newcastle to play in England’s second division:
“Indeed, but I feel good about the season ahead.” “I am ready to start again and be an important player for the team.”
“I want to give my all for the team and the club. I want to be an important player for the team.”
“The focus must be on football now and everybody is getting ready for the start.” “It’s a lot of games, but that’s why pre-season is very important to us and us getting fit again.”
“We have to be ready for the preseason.” “Games are a lot more fun than training of course.” “Although, we do learn a lot in training here.”
“We have to bring that in games as well.” “It has been very good and the weather has been great for us.” “We have trained very hard so we are all happy.”
“It has been more focused and more relaxing as well.” “We have been in one place and been able to walk to the training pitches from the hotel.”
“It was the perfect accommodation for us.”
Anita’s attitude is the right one and it’s unlike some of the other players who think they are too good to play in the second division.
But the club cannot change that and if players like Gini and Moussa harp on about leaving we should let them leave, but only for big bucks.
The Newcastle players seem to be upbeat in preseason and of course that’s thanks to manager Rafa Benitez, who is transforming the squad and he is also helping to remodel the club into a modern day football club.
That was also needed, as we have stagnated for far too long at Newcastle.
Vurnon’s contract runs out next summer and he is one of the players who will give us everything next season – and that all-out effort will be appreciated by the fans.
The goal is to get promoted next May – that’s the only thing that matters at the moment – and we cannot think too far ahead and we cannot take anything for granted,.