Rafa Benitez talked to nufcTV today after the 2-0 win over Southend United last night and he has praised both Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran, our two unlikely goalscorers.
Rafa is particularly pleased with Vurnon Anita, who seems to be able to play anywhere for Newcastle and he’s a player that Rafa Benitez obviously trusts a lot.
Rafa Benitez at Southend United last night
This is what Rafa Benitez has said to nufcTV after the 2-0 win at Southend:
“When a team is well organised it is not easy to find the space. The first goal from Anita was something we are trying to do in training, regaining the ball after giving it away – and it was a great goal.”
“Then Gouffran scored another really good goal. Goals and clean sheet – but as I said the other day, still room for improvement.”
“Vurnon is a player who can play in almost every position, I don’t know if he can play as a striker, maybe as a target man, but we will try maybe one day.”
“He is very clever tactically – can play on the right, can play as a right-back, as a winger and a left full-back, as a midfielder – so he is quite intelligent tactically.”
“It is important to have players competing. Gouffran is a good professional, working hard, even when not playing.”
“Really pleased for him because when you have a player who knows maybe he won’t have too much time on the pitch and he keeps working, he deserves to score.”
“I think the team are improving every game but still far away from what we have to be. It has to be like this because if you are too good now then you might not have energy for the rest of the season.”
“It’s important to keep on improving and doing the things we want to see this season.”
Yoan Gouffran could be a very good squad player for us this season and maybe that’s the best way to see out the last year of his four year contract at Newcastle and he’s always worked very hard in training, as Rafa points out.
And ever since Rafa Benitez has arrived at Newcastle, Vurnon Anita has had a resurgence in his career and it will interesting to see if he starts against Fulham in our first league game and where he will play.
Vurnon also has one year left on his contract at Newcastle.
What do you think?