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A Big Up To The Smallest Player In Newcastle’s Team

8 years ago
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In each issue of our magazine, Leazes Park Ender (AKA David Punton), has a monthly column and he got a bit carried away this month so we couldn’t fit everything in.

This was written before yesterday’s great win at Villa so top marks to David in bigging up the smallest player in our team;

‘I’ve been impressed with Vurnon Anita so far this season. He’s got a great engine and even at 93 minutes he doesn’t really look that tired.

Vurnon also possesses a good range of passing and is very good at finding his man. On a visit to Amsterdam back in March (cultural trip) I got talking to some Ajax fans in a bar who said Anita was (insert Dutch accent here) ‘too shmall to play in ze midfield’.

It left me feeling we’d been had by Ajax when signed him. But maybe, just maybe, we’ve seen some evidence this season that he’s getting to grips with it.

The other big headache is Mathieu Debuchy, a French international right back who has really struggled. He needs more time to adapt to the Premier League, but Dummett is surely now a very able back up, the lad doesn’t look fazed stepping up, so well done to him.

We also don’t really look like we have missed Tiote or Jonas so far. Both are vital players, but they have their moments where they drive fans daft, and since they’ve been out the team, enforced due to injury, we’ve looked a bit more fluid, though Marveaux tends to vanish a bit.

I continue to have faith that Sammy Ameobi is going to be a very good player. During the West Ham match one lad behind me though noted that Sammy always looks like he’s wearing shoulder pads, cue a few nicknames of Dallas and Sue Ellen.’

In each issue of The Mag, the author, Leazes Park Ender (AKA David Punton), has a monthly column – read his latest piece in our new issue – available from any north east newsagents, or order single copies & subscriptions online.

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