Vurnon Anita has been described as a ‘different animal’ by John Carver.
The Newcastle Head Coach summing up the Dutch midfielder’s display against West Ham as ‘outstanding’ and saying that he is a fantastic professional who will play anywhere for the team.
Carver maybe going a little too far when suggesting Vurnon could even play in goal, a decision that would make the choice of Peter Beardsley being an emergency keeper (check out the video footage from 1986 below) against the Hammers back in the eighties as almost a sensible one.
Luckily there was no repeat of that 8-1 scoreline from back in 1986 and United grasped the safety net on the final day of the season, Hull’s failure having also confirmed Newcastle staying up.
John Carver does make reference to the one blot on Anita’s performance, the midfielder doing everything right apart from that final pass on the breakaway when the score was 1-0.
Many fans believed that Vurnon Anita possibly deserved man of the match but it was handed to Jonas Gutierrez, with the Argentine international even making the official Premier League team of the week.
Pardew’s former assistant also found time when speaking to the official club website, to pay tribute to Mike Williamson for his contribution after suspension and his commitment being called into question:
“Over the period of time of the games I’ve had here, I think it is not that many times I have had a proper back four in.
“Credit to Mike Williamson, I dug him out a few weeks ago and he put in a first class performance.”
A different animal:
“Vurnon Anita is a different animal. He is a fantastic professional: if you ask him to play left-back, right-back, play in goal…he will play anywhere.
“I thought he was outstanding and he worried me when he got through one on one – I thought he was going to go down with cramp actually!
“He got in the box and actually just made the wrong decision at the wrong time – but an outstanding display.”