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Vurnon Anita | Midfielder | #8

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'6" / 139

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Newcastle United were able to overcome conceding the opening goal and Vurnon Anita was the unlikely hero to find an equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
After a convincing win over Swansea City at the weekend, there was a noticeable spark by the Magpies this evening. They were unlucky to fall behind as Manchester City's opening goal clearly came from an offside position. Shortly after the half-hour mark, Moussa Sissoko sent a cross far and wide to Anita. Anita then worked around Aleksandar Kolarov to create space and finished just inside the far post to score his first goal in over two years. Georginio Wijnaldum, who played the role of substitute for the first time this season, nearly found a winner but his shot was stopped by Joe Hart in the closing minutes. The defense has shown marked improvement since Anita has filled in at right back for Daryl Janmaat and Newcastle rightly earn a valuable point as they continue to battle their way out of relegation. Tue, Apr 19, 2016 04:47:00 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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Steve McClaren fears the worst after Vurnon Anita suffers a 'bad' hamstring injury during the away defeat to West Brom.

Anita was a doubt for the Baggies' trip due to a muscular problem after overstretching during the closing stages of the game against Everton on Boxing Day. However, after being passed fit, the Dutch midfielder was replaced on 27-minutes because of a hamstring pull. "I think it's a bad one," said Steve McClaren. "We'll have to assess him. He's been great for us." Cheick Tiote is in line for his first Premier League start in over a month when Newcastle travel to The Emirates on January 2, 2016.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren revealed the injury sustained by Vurnon Anita during the draw against Southampton may not be as bad as originally feared.

Anita was surprisingly given the nod - ahead of Cheick Tiote - for the opener at St James’ Park and justified his inclusion with a battling performance on Sunday. However the Dutch midfielders’ afternoon was cut short following an awkward fall which left Anita requiring treatment before departing on a stretcher. Post-match McClaren was able to confirm that the 26 year-old was moving freely although Anita will be assessed fully next week. Having started just 17 PL games last season the former Ajax player will be keen to try and retain his place for next weekends’ trip to the Liberty Stadium.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 04:33:00 PM

With Cheick Tiote away to play for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations, Vurnon Anita looks poised to earn his third straight start for Newcastle United when they travel to Hull City next.

Anita has been partnering Jack Colback as central defensive midfielders for the Magpies lately, and while Colback has been one of the pleasant surprises of the fantasy season, Anita offers very little in production. His only redeeming quality in comparison to Tiote is that he is not nearly as prone to being carded, but he will also come nowhere near Tiote's numbers when it comes to winning tackles.
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 03:47:00 PM