When John Carver has said there are players in the first team squad who are not good enough to play for Newcastle United, one player who springs to mind is Dutchman Vurnon Anita.
Vurnon Anita in action at Chelsea this year
Vurnon was the only senior player brought in during the summer of 2012, when we had finished 5th top, and Mike Ashley didn’t bother strengthening or expanding the first team squad,even through we eventually played 14 more games because of the Europa League.
Mike seemed to use his usual trick of trying to get by with what we have (meaning he doesn’t have to spend money), but it has never worked yet.
The result was that Newcastle were fighting relegation the following January, and we had to bring in five Frenchman.
Lee Charley has since said they had to pay a lot of money to get those five players in during that January, but that;s about the only time we;ve seen the owner personally involved with transfers – because we could have dropped out of the Premier League – as in – dropped out of the big money.
But that’s the club’s own fault because we should have brought the players in during the summer months.
Vurnon has found it difficult since he joined the club to nail down a regular starting place, although he has played well on occasion, but he’s not having a good season.
John Carver has talked about the 25 year-old Dutchman today:
“I’ve said to Vurnon Anita that he didn’t have a great day – but he never went missing.” “He didn’t go hiding, and that’s important for me.”
“It’s easy when there are 52,000 people out there to go missing, but he showed great courage to continue to try and get on the ball.” “And what he did do defensively, he did some good jobs for us.”
“Against Arsenal every man jack of them stuck by their guns,” “Sometimes when you’re down to the bare bones, people come together and stick together, and I’ve certainly seen that in the performance.”
“We talked how it’s our responsibility to get the fans going, and we certainly did that in the second half and even though we lost the game, they appreciate people having go for the team.”
John’s absolutely right there and hey – that second half against Arsenal was both a shock but it was also uplifting to see the bare bones team giving Arsenal everything they could handle – it’s just a shame we couldn’t get at least a point out of the game.
Vurnon had a shocker against Manchester City and gave away the penalty after 29 seconds and was hauled off at half time.
But he does have a good character and always does his best for the side, but it’s the skill that may be lacking, and Vurnon is a signing that just hasn’t worked out.
Mehdi Abeid should be fit for the Sunderland game and we think the Algerian will come into the side, and the 22 year-old has played well when he’s been given his opportunity this season.
We need a win at Sunderland – and we have to stop this winning streak of Sunderland’s.
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