Over in Holland, PSV’s Technical Director of football, Marcel Brands, has described the Newcastle transfer of Vurnon Anita from Ajax as ‘miraculous’.
However, his use of the word ‘miraculous’ is for all the wrong reasons as far as United are concerned.
The PSV man says he would never have considered the Newcastle midfielder even for a move to his club, never mind the steep jump in class to what is needed in England.
Marcel Brands says that Vurnon Anita will ‘never be a star player’ but points out that he is still at St. James’ Park.
Little wonder when he was given a huge five year contract in 2012 on Premier League wages.
Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad in Holland, Marcel Brands;
“The average agent is showing more interest in (Dutch) players and not just the top ones who everybody wants.
“Even a player like Vurnon Anita can play in the Premier League…Anita I think is one of the most miraculous transfers.”
Will never be a star player;
“Let’s be honest, at Ajax he was almost a substitute and would never be on our shortlist at PSV.
“He will never be a star player at Newcastle but he’s still there.”
For Newcastle fans, Vurnon Anita’s credibility as a player rested on three things.
The fact he was from the ‘Ajax conveyor belt of talent’, he was a Dutch international (started one game in 2010) and that Graham Carr supposedly proposed his transfer.
Hard to believe that United supposedly paid almost £7m for this player on Carr’s recommendation, when at the same time he then identifies talent/transfers such as Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko.
It is one of the unspoken rules amongst United fans that we aren’t allowed to talk about the poor signings that have also come in while Graham Carr has been involved, such as Anita, Gouffran, Ferreyra, Mapou, Riviere, Ben Arfa, Luuk De Jong, Best and others.