Newcastle boss Pardew delighted with Anita form

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has heaped praise on the form of Vurnon Anita.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has heaped praise on the form of Vurnon Anita.

The 24-year-old former Ajax midfielder has had to remain patient since his £6.7million switch to St James' in August 2012, but Pardew has kept a close eye on his development and is confident he can do a job for him.

He said: "It's been good for him because he has made himself stronger in the gym and he's had a little bit more time to reflect on some performances last year, where I think he struggled a little bit.

"This year, you have to pay tribute to him because he has been a lot, lot better and he is pushing for a place.

"I would expect him to get 20, 25 appearances this year and for a second year at a big club, that's a good start."

 
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball

Have your say