The Sun’s Football League writer Tom Barclay has tweeted today that he thinks Leeds United are going after free agent Vurnon Anita who gave Newcastle five years of good service after being signed for £6.5M from Ajax.
the 28 year-old was then surprisingly released by Rafa Benitez this summer.
Since Rafa arrived at Newcastle Vurnon looked a different player and he was always fully committed to the Newcastle cause and was one of the first last summer to say he was staying on board to help us get promoted back to the Premier league and that’s exactly what he did.
Vurnon Anita and Rafa Benitez last year
Game was the 1-1 draw against Manchester City in PL at St. James’ Par
Vurnon scored a great equalizer!
But football can be a cruel business and Rafa doesn’t do sentiment.
The Netherlands International would be a terrific fee signing for Leeds United since this lad has shown he can play well in the Premier League never mind in the Championship.
He was signed as a holding midfielder but Rafa switched him to right back with good results and the manager often complimented his play and the 100% he always gave in training.
Here’s the tweet from Tom Barclay today:
— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) July 6, 2017
Vurnon Anita played 155 times for Newcastle over his five years at the club with 3 goals and 6 assists and 106 of those games were in the Premier League; last season he made 31 total appearances for the Magpies including 27 games in the Championship.
As you can see we were fans of Vurnon – he wass also such a gentleman.
As we said, he would be a great signing for any club wanting to be promoted next season in the Championship.
Leeds United certainly fit that profile and it’s about time a huge club like the Whites were back in the Premier League.
So there – I’ve said it.