Vurnon Anita has been one of the players who has benefitted most from the arrival of Steve McClaren.
In the previous three years the dutch midfielder has looked a lost soul for much of the time, seemingly never quite knowing what was expected of him under Alan Pardew’s management.
However, under the new Head Coach, Anita has looked far more convincing and seemingly invigorated by the arrival of new signings such as fellow Dutch player Gini Wijnaldum.
However, when interviewed in Holland, Vurnon Anita has dismissed talk that he has changed that much from what he was when playing in the Netherlands.
The Newcastle midfielder claiming he is ‘still a true Ajax footballer, but one who has also improved the physical side of his game in order to be able to cope with the Premier League.
Having been one of the 31 players announced in new national manager Danny Blind’s first pre-selection squad, Vurnon Anita has attracted a lot more coverage in Holland.
With the final squad due to be announced on Friday, Vurnon Anita has been talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf:
“Have I become a different footballer in England? Actually, no.
“I am still a true Ajax footballer, who still has his technique, although I have become physically stronger, which you need to survive in England.
“It is of course a preliminary squad and I have to wait to see whether I end up in the final selection – though it would be nice to have a sequel to my international career.
“I am now 26 and have a lot more experience than five years ago and I hope that I have many more years ahead of me.”
It was 2010 when Vurnon Anita was briefly involved with the senior national team and whilst Daryl Janmaat was surprisingly ignored by Danny Blind, Anita will be hoping to join Gini Wijnaldum and Tim Krul in the final squad for Holland’s upcoming matches.