Newcastle's Vurnon Anita on how Steve McClaren's appointment will help him this season

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The Dutchman faces intense competition for places at the heart of Newcastle's midfield.

Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita has spoken to Chronicle Live of his determination to push on this season and make the central midfield position his own.

The former Ajax man has endured a tough couple of seasons in England, but showed promise towards the end of the last campaign.

His upturn in fortunes have been hampered by a back injury sustained against Southampton on Sunday, but while the severity of the problem is still to be determined, Anita is upbeat about his prospects.

“This is my third season now and I feel like I’m settled here as a Premier League player,” he said, in quotes published by the Chronicle Live.

“The first year was a little bit difficult in terms of settling in but I feel like I’m here now and much more comfortable with the pace of the English game.”

The diminutive midfielder also feels that Steve McClaren’s time as FC Twente manager will help get the best out of him, adding: “I think it helps the manager has experience of Dutch football and has a style fairly similar to what I would be used to in Holland.

“The way he sets his team up is fairly similar to a lot of Dutch sides and the role I am playing now is the most similar to the one I used to play in at Ajax.”

With Georginio Wijnaldum, Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback all fighting for a central midfield berth, Anita will need to maintain the type of form he showed at the back-end of last season if he is to retain his place.

The 26-year old arrived at Newcastle in high regard following his success in the Eredivisie, but has been unable, as yet, to replicate that performance level in England.

With McClaren at the helm, however, and a new found confidence from the player, this coming season could be the year Vurnon Anita finally announces himself in the Premier League.

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