PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands has launched a scathing and unprovoked attack on Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita. Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, as quoted by SoccerNews.nl, the PSV supremo has stated that foreign clubs take too great an interest in Dutch players playing in the Eredivisie that are simply not that good.
“The average agent is again showing more interest in players and not just in the top players who everyone wants.
“[Vurnon] Anita, I still think, is one of the most miraculous transfers.
“Let’s be honest, at Ajax he was almost a substitute and he will never be on our shortlist at PSV.
“He will never be a star player for Newcastle, but he is still there."
In recent times some big names and contemporaries of Anita's at Ajax have gone on to make a name for themselves in the Premier League. The likes of Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld. However Anita has struggled to have the same impact at Newcastle.
Since joining the club, in a deal worth £6.7 million according to the Daily Mail, the utility man has failed to cement a regular starting spot at the club and this season he has featured just nine times in the Premier League.
The truth is Brands is not wrong on the subject of Anita. He is not an exceptional player and Newcastle could have plucked someone of equal or better talent for a lot less from the Football League.
But Dutch football is always in vogue so expect to see plenty more average exports from the Eredivisie in the coming years.