What does Vurnon Anita actually do?
If memory serves me right I think something similar to this has been written in the past but I have still yet to see a satisfactory answer.
The diminutive midfielder clearly does have a fan club amongst Newcastle’s support, so I would welcome it if they could enlighten me in the comments below.
Watching from the away section at the Boleyn Ground last night, with United trailing 1-0 and West Ham on a fast break, in a blink of an eye we were suddenly left with two v two.
Once I saw that one of them was Anita then I knew there was only going to be one outcome.
A massive stroke of luck saw Victor Moses hit the bar instead of the net but Payet made no mistake – game over.
I don’t particularly rate Jack Colback that much either but when he is having to do Vurnon Anita’s work as well, then he has zero chance of being able to change my view of him.
I just simply don’t get what Steve McClaren or some of our supporters see in him.
Vurnon Anita doesn’t score or create goals.
Obviously he is no use in the air.
He isn’t quick.
He isn’t strong in the tackle.
It doesn’t really leave a lot else, does it?
He can pass the ball ten yards and shuffle about the pitch but surely we need a lot more from a player who is arguably in one of the two key positions in the team.
If you don’t control the centre of the pitch then you are almost guaranteed not to win – if you end up winning then it is just one of those days when it falls for you.
As our five Premier League matches have shown though, you don’t get many points when you struggle in the final third and leave the door open at the back.
I don’t know that much about the players at the promoted teams but I would take a decent guess that their central midfielders are at least on a par with ours, if not better.
Of the established Premier League clubs, there is only the Mackems who spring to mind as having a potentially worse centre midfield pairing and even they are now above Newcastle thanks to last night’s surrender.
It is hard enough for players like Thauvin and Wijnadlum to make the step up to the Premier League after being thrown straight in, never mind having to do it whilst having to carry a player like Vurnon Anita.
You can maybe get away with having Jack Colback in this Newcastle team as there is possibly room for a player who grafts, even though he is so limited in his technical play and skill set.
However, Steve McClaren needs to urgently look at his team selection or we could all be having a major wake-up call on Saturday when Watford visit.
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