Vurnon Anita has had a very good season and has played in a number of different positions for Newcastle in the last few weeks and that includes both full-back positions and in central midfield.
When he scored Newcastle’s first goal at Southend United on Tuesday night he was playing in right midfield.
Vurnon won the ball and in an instant had rifled the ball into the top far corner of the net with what was a magnificent strike that put Newcastle on the road to another win – this time 2-0 on the south coast.
Vurnon Anita – after scoring at Southend
One question with Vurnon is where will Rafa Benitez play him in the coming season – maybe he will be one of the holding midfielders?
The 27-year-old has struggled in his four years at the club, but he’s now coming into his own under Rafa and he’s popular with supporters.
That’s because this lad has a fantastic attitude, always willing to help the club and wants to stay to help Newcastle get back to where we should be – in the Premier League.
Vurnon has been interviewed today in the local press and this is what he has said:
“I feel like it is in me to play in multiple positions, and that enables me to be able to fill in where I can and do my best to try to help the team.”
“I was able to do that with a goal at Southend, and I also think I produced a good performance. It is up to me now to keep on going and help the team, and show everybody what I can do.”
“We all know the Championship is a difficult league with a lot of matches, so it is important to have people in the squad who can fill in a number of different positions.”
“I think I am one of those people, and hopefully that will help.” “I haven’t played in goal yet, but maybe if I have to play in goal, I will do that too!”
“I have always felt comfortable in lots of different roles, and hopefully the manager knows that wherever he asks me to play, I will always do my best and give my all.”
“I want to show everybody what I can do.”
“It was another good result and performance at Southend, and that’s good for the team and for our confidence as well,” said Anita.
“But we are still not there yet. We have one more game to go, and hopefully we will finish this pre-season well because that will help us to start the real competition strongly.
“It always helps to be winning matches. It is good for building team spirit and making sure you are playing with confidence.”
“Through this pre-season, we have grown as a team and now we are stronger than we were.”
“But there are still a lot of things we have to improve, and we will be working hard on the training ground to try to improve that. I am sure we can still get a lot better than we are.”
“There is a very positive mood at the moment, and we just have to make sure that lasts.”
“It is good for the team at the moment to have everybody behind us. That gives us a boost to go into the league, and hopefully we will be able to make a strong start and scare everybody a bit.”
“We want to do our best and show everybody what we can do.” “If we do that, then we know we can win the league.”
Newcastle will entertain Vitesse Arnhem at St James’s Park on Saturday afternoon in our last friendly game after three wins and a draw.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|
Then we start the Championship season a week tomorrow at Fulham and it will be a good test and important that we try to get a win to get our season off to a good start.