They haven’t instantly solved all of United’s problems but in just a few matches they have shown an intensity and mobility to their play, that meant at last Newcastle could play at a tempo to give teams such as Chelsea and Spurs something to think about.
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The introduction of our January signings has led to our summer ‘Purple’ not even getting onto the pitch as a substitute in those three matches.
I’m not writing our Dutch signing off but while it is difficult not to look half decent when you are sharing the pitch with the likes of Obertan, Williamson and the Ameobi brothers, our new recruits have surely proved that Anita will need to step up another level if he is to get near the first eleven.
Whilst I have to accept that Obertan can run, if little else, the relative lack of mobility of Anita is surely a massive hindrance if he is to survive in the Premier League. Again, when you are on the pitch with Shola, Sammy and Williamson you are on pretty safe ground in terms of looking quite nippy!
With his diminutive size and comparative lack of pace, it looks a really hard call to see Anita making it, as without pace and/or strength you need to be something special in terms of ability.
Unfortunately, I think some of that Purple paint is starting to peel from Anita as we now see the players we should have signed last summer and who would have meant Newcastle would never have found themselves fifth from bottom.