Micky Quinn has written in The Chronicle that Newcastle United should have sold Vurnon Anita years ago.
The former Newcastle forward does not seem to rate the 26-year-old midfielder at all, and appears to believe that he does not add much to the Magpies squad.
“Vurnon Anita was at left-back!”, wrote Quinn in The Chronicle. “He’s already poor in midfield and he can add left-back to the list. He’s a player I thought Newcastle should have got rid of three years ago.”
Quinn made the aforementioned comments about Anita following Newcastle’s convincing 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Netherlands international, who operates in midfield, was deployed in defence due to the team’s current injury problems.
Anita failed to give a good account of himself in his new role, ending the game with a pass accuracy of 57%, one cross, one dribble, 40% tackles-win rate, three interceptions, one clearance and two blocks.
While Quinn’s comments about Anita are a bit harsh when one considers that he is not a natural left-back, there is a valid point about Newcastle selling him years ago.
In fact, if one were to claim that the Premier League outfit should not have signed the 26-year-old at all, then one would not be wrong.
Anita moved to Newcastle from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2012, but he has not taken the Premier League by storm.
The Dutchman is not among the best midfielders in the English top flight and is not even guaranteed a regular place in the starting line-up at Newcastle.
In 2012-13, Anita made 25 Premier League appearances, in which he created 34 chances and had a pass accuracy of 83%.
Last season, the Dutchman scored one goal and created 38 chances in 34 league matches, while having a pass accuracy of 84%.
So far this campaign, Anita has created four chances and has a pass accuracy of 82% in 15 Premier League games.