This Newcastle Player Is Made Of The Right Stuff

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,.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Last season thought Anita had his best season in a TOON shirt.

    Liverpool – the TOON seem to do/be the scouting/be a satellite club for Liverpool over the years along with the Spuds.
    We buy them, bring them on then sell them on, off the top of my head: Beardsley, Hamman, McDermott, Carroll, and now Gini

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2



    If you didn’t pull other people or call everyone footy know nowts I doubt you’d get any sort of dialogue. At all.

    Even if you didn’t you’d still look like a complete and utter spunktrumpet.

    It’s OK though because we know you can’t help it. Second nature to pond life.

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t call everyone
    Just the thickos
    Like yersel

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    don’t forget alan kennedy

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    As far a Gini and Sissoko’s concerned we should be going for top dollar cash plus a demand for a percentage of any profit on their being sold on.

    Of the two, I can see gini being the one of the two to move on to another club that’s an established ECL one.

    If nowt else, such a deal becomes an investment too.

  • NoahJ

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Re: Anita, he’s massively grown on me. when I previously considered his versatility to be his biggest weakness (i.e. not being good at anything, and being ok at everything), he will be a huge asset to us next season when we have games everywhere. He also showed Janmaat how play at right-back, so I’d love him to be given another chance there.

    Re Wiji: there is clearly division amongst supporters about his imminent sale to liverpool. over half of his goals came in only two games; he has chronic inconsistency, and importantly ducked out of the games where we needed him most, which for me is unacceptable. if we are getting a £10m profit on him, which seems to be the case, then I think this is an excellent deal for the club

  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Even Frank Clark who was sold at 31 won more with Cloughie than he could dream of with NUFC

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8


    The only reason the trouble makers come on the blog is because they need dialogue.

    They can’t even talk to themselves when they look in the mirror – their images even tell them to pi$$ off!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheers another one that got away!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    If Gini is going to Liverpool – swap him for Benteke????

  • Spoof

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    We have bought some decent players who I am sure will do a job for us this season, but what about next season, I accept that we all have our favourites and have different views on different players but four players we had/have are considered by many/most to be good quality, those four being Gini, Sissoko, Janmaat and Townsend, if as expected all four move on how will we cope next season as the players coming in may not be enough to carry us next season, yes we may have a more balanced squad but do we have enough quality, not so much for this season but for next if we go up, it’s easy to say we can improve the quality next summer but it could take a huge outlay if we lose arguably our top four players.

  • martoon

    Jul 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    I like Anita but my only worry when he plays RB is his height. If I was an opposition manager I would tell my big striker to go wide left and play high diagonal balls to him – Anita would have no chance!

  • Spoof

    Jul 19, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13


    but at the same time a FB losing out on a high ball played out wide isn’t going to cause any danger, all Anita would have to do is let his opponent win the high ball and allow himself to be better prepared for the second ball, taking the big man out of the box could be of benefit.

    If the big man wins the high diagonal ball and scores with a 30 yard header then we just have to accept that and say “too good” lol


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