Pardew says Vurnon Anita still needs more time
In the build up to today’s match against Tottenham, Alan Pardew has defended Vurnon Anita after the midfielder put in yet another poor display against Leicester, hauled off just before the hour mark.
The Newcastle manager has claimed that fans need to be patient with the Dutch midfielder and that in terms of Anita coping with the Premier League, ‘those little things take time’.
“Sometimes it just falls into place and you have to be patient with foreign internationals. Even Vurnon Anita, who I have spoken to about the differences between Ajax and here.
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“He feels he lacks control of the game at times. Of course, you have more time at Ajax. He has to adjust to this and be better when the opposition have the ball. Those little things take time.”
If you recall, Anita was the one ‘big’ signing Alan Pardew was allowed to bring in to try and build on that breakthrough season when Newcastle finished fifth.
How on earth United ended up signing him. Some fans claim that he is ‘technically’ very good but I think they are grasping at straws.
How anybody thought Anita could impose himself as a midfielder in the Premier League is beyond me. Indeed his signing made me really question for the first time just how great our player recruitment policy really was.
The Dutchman has no real pace, weak in the tackle and no good in the air obviously. He doesn’t score or create goals so what exactly does he do? You need outstanding ability to overcome that lack of strength/physique but clearly Anita is not outstanding on that ability front.
I imagine he would make a canny five a side player but sadly that isn’t what you should be getting for £6m/£7m.
United got away with Cheick Tiote’s absence last weekend against Leicester but only just.
If Newcastle are having to rely on Vurnon Anita to fill Cheick’s boots again today then we are in big trouble, again United’s squad weaknesses shown up clearly again.
More and more players that are shown to be filling our squad but who aren’t up to the job or not in favour (Mapou, Ben Arfa etc) with Pardew.
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