‘Clever’ Vurnon Anita showing why he came to Rafa Benitez’s attention at Ajax

Vurnon Anita is suspended for Newcastle's midweek clash with Norwich, increasing the need for DeAndre Yedlin to be fit to face the Canaries
Vurnon Anita is suspended for Newcastle's midweek clash with Norwich, increasing the need for DeAndre Yedlin to be fit to face the Canaries
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Vurnon Anita is FINALLY playing week in, week out at Newcastle United – almost five years into his career at the club.

Anita has started all but one of the Championship games for which he has been available this season.

A player always wants to play, I am playing games and really enjoying myself.

Vurnon Anita

The 27-year-old has craved regular football since joining from Ajax in 2012.

And Anita said: “I’m playing a lot of games, I feel fit and good. I am trying to do the best in training, and the rest is down to the coach to decide if he wants to play me.

“A player always wants to play, I am playing games and really enjoying myself.”

Anita faces competition from DeAndre Yedlin, signed from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

“The competition is good,” said the Holland international. “Even if somebody drops out of the team, somebody else can step in and do well. That helps the team, because the level of competition is good.

“Even if you are in competition the team spirit is good. We all want each other to do well.”

Anita missed three games through suspension after his dismissal against Wolverhampton Wanderers last month.

“It felt horrible to watch and not to be involved, but it was good to see my team-mates do well,” said Anita.

Meanwhile, United manager Rafa Benitez knew all about “clever” Anita when he arrived at St James’s Park

“I had my report from Vurnon when he was at Ajax,” said Benitez.

“I had him as right fullback and winger then. He is quite clever.

“He knows what he needs to do in each position.”