Earlier this month, Vurnon Anita was the most high profile Newcastle player not to be offered a new contract.
Five years after signing from Ajax, the 28 has been allowed to walk away, with NUFC writing off the near £7m that they paid for him back in 2012.
Fans have always been split on the player, with some pointing to his cool and clever play, whilst others look at his lack of height, strength and pace as weaknesses that meant he would never be able to hack it in the Premier League.
Whilst Vurnon Anita did ok at right-back in the Championship, I think a clear majority felt Rafa Benitez was right and that the Dutchman wasn’t good enough for what is needed next season.
However, that is not necessarily the case in far weaker leagues, such as Holland or…Scotland?
Reports from north of the border say that Rangers are hoping to land the free agent and you could see this as a decent match.
With the low quality of the football in Scotland, you could see Vurnon Anita doing well. Definitely able to do a job at right-back but quite probably also in his preferred position in the centre of midfield.
In the Premier League Vurnon Anita was a major weakness when played in the middle of the pitch and couldn’t cope with the pace and quality but at the age of only 28, could forge a new career at Ibrox.
Interesting to see just where he ends up, though he will not be able to get anywhere near the relatively massive wages he was on at St James Park, compared to his actual ability.
Newcastle United Official Statement – 9 June 2017:
‘Newcastle United has published its list of retained players following the 2016/17 season.
The club has confirmed that Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka and Haris Vuckic will all leave St. James’ Park when their contracts expire this summer.
Manager Rafa Benítez said: “I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players from the first team and at under-23 level who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.
“In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years. Vurnon is an outstanding team-player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill. He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.”
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