NUFC Star Will Come Good – Alan Pardew
Signed in the summer from Ajax, Vurnon Anita has clearly found the pace of the English game a real challenge but the manager thinks the player is getting there.
“He’s had a baptism of fire. This really was a year of coming into a good side, being in and out, getting his confidence and finding out what he would bring to the team.
Unfortunately for him, we haven’t been winning and he’s been in the thick of it nearly every week, trying to understand Premiership football.
I think Stoke was a bit of a shock but I honestly though he was one of the best players on the pitch.
He’s never had the pressure and aggression he’s experienced here in any match in Holland, I promise you that.
He’ll cope though and get stronger as we go along”.
As the only major signing of the transfer window, expectations were always likely to be unrealistic as fans focused all their hopes on Anita adding something extra to the team/squad instantly.
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To play midfield in the Premier League means you have to win the stamina battle before you stand a chance and I think at Stoke was the first time we saw the Dutch signing with the energy to get around the pitch and last a game, only coming off with a few minutes left as Newcastle desperately looked for an equaliser.
A few more signings in the summer would have massively taken the pressure off Anita and given him more of a chance to smoothly settle in. Whether Anita does make it at Newcastle remains to be seen but I just hope he’s not another overseas signing that never stood a chance because of being thrown in at the deep end before he was ready.
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