Newcastle Middle Three To Take Us Forward
Anita came to us highly recommended and with Graham Carr’s recent record being somewhat faultless who were we to argue…and then Frank de Boer (Anita’s manager at Ajax) put in his penneth and we were told he was a great little player, a brilliant passer of the ball and someone he could put anywhere in his team and he’d do a job.
High praise indeed…De Boer was no slouch as a player and already has a good managerial record, so looked like another brilliant Graham Carr spot.
But with many European players there’s always that settling in period whilst they get used to the pace of the English game. You always get more time on the ball in Europe than you do in the Premiership and the real mark of a great footballer is their ability to quickly adapt. Just like Mata, Hazard, Carazola and the like…but we only spent 4.5 million on Anita so we need to put this into perspective.
Anita was thrown in at the deep end in the early part of the season due to Tiote’s injury and when playing in midfield the games seem to pass him by. His best game in a black and white shirt came when he was asked to play right back three weeks ago but he’s not really been in contention for a first team place since then.
When Alan Pardew quite rightly put him in as right back on Sunday in an attempt to stem the threat of Raheem Sterling’s pace, all seemed to be going to plan until Perch got injured and Anita was moved into midfield.
My immediate feeling was one of concern, Anita hadn’t put in a good shift in a midfield slot to date and Liverpool were really applying some pressure but cometh the hour cometh the man.
Anita showed us just what he’s capable of and put in a superb display demonstrating some excellent passing, great tackling and great resolve.
He’s now starting to show us his worth, 4-3-3 with Cabaye, Tiote and Anita as the middle 3 has to be the way forward.
What do you think???
PS…Congrats on the new baby Vurnon…now show us what else you’ve got!
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