So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at Anita’s game gathered from my experience of watching him in the Eredivisie, though it is hardly extensive. I have also included a cornupcopia of videos of the 23 year old mostly looking at his individual contributions in five Eredivisie games, as well as a few more just for fun. Before I get to the videos though, here’s an outline of Anita’s game.
Primarily a defensive midfielder nowadays, Anita started as a right footed right back, and he has also played as a left back too. Though Ajax’s Gregory van der Wiel has kept him from keeping his hand in on the right side of defence in recent times, I’m sure that he could still hold his own there too.
As I’m sure you all know, Anita is hardly an imposing defensive player in terms of size, but he more than makes up for it in terms of skill and ability tp read a game. As to whether his smaller stature as a defensive player will count against him in the Premiership remains to be seen, but personally, I don’t have any worries on that score. As I’ve suggested, he is very good technically, and his vision combined with his technique helps him to pick out some excellent passes which can be very helpful in attack too. He’s also a very hard worker with energy to burn, and gets all over the pitch in the games I’ve seen.
You may notice below that in his defensive mid role, he doesn’t just break up play, winning possession then tapping the ball a few feet to someone who can do something with it because he can do something with it himself, whether it is running with the ball, or picking out a longer defence splitting pass to one of his team mates to set up a counterattack. He can even score the odd goal himself too!
Finally, he was also schooled from the tender age of ten at one of the two finest academies in world football, Ajax, which should stand him in very good stead too.
So, to sum up, he should be a VERY good signing for the Magpies, but judge for yourselves below. There’s all but an hour’s worth of material to look at!
Third Star Heroes: Vurnon Anita.
Vurnon Anita vs PSV Eindhoven.
Vurnon Anita vs FC Twente.
Vurnon Anita vs Heerenveen (First half).
Vurnon Anita vs Heerenveen (Second half).
Vurnon Anita vs FC Groningen.
Vurnon Anita vs VVV-Venlo.
And finally – Vurnon Anita raps, vurnon Anita paints masterpieces, and he’s nice to bairns, is there no limit to this man’s genius? Yes, he’s lousy at saving penalties!
Rap-battle Leroy Fer & Vurnon Anita.
Studio Ajax: Is Vurnon Anita the new Picasso?
Anita surprises a very shy young Ajax fan and prize winner called “Lars” at home, and gives him his “masterpiece”. Awwwwww!
So what do YOU think of our latest signing?