Vurnon Anita enjoying this season at Newcastle United

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Vurnon Anita has appeared in all but one of Newcastle United's Premier League matches this season.

Vurnon Anita has told the Chronicle that he has enjoyed this season at Newcastle United a lot more than he did the last.

Although the Magpies have struggled over the initial part of the campaign, Anita has enjoyed having a far more prominent role in the first-team.

The Dutch midfielder has started 13 of Newcastle’s 16 Premier League matches to date, and he is hoping to maintain his place in manager Steve McClaren’s line-up over the coming weeks.

“This year has been better for me. I’ve been playing a lot," he said. "I keep working hard and hopefully to keep this up and hopefully play more games.”

Anita was a bit-part player for Newcastle last term, with former bosses Alan Pardew and John Carver both preferring other members of Newcastle’s squad.

However, McClaren is clearly a fan of the 26-year-old and he has become one of Newcastle’s most integral players.

Anita may have his critics at St. James’ Park, but his recent performances have suggested that he does have a part to play.

The midfielder’s energy has been eye-catching in recent wins over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and he looks set to remain in the starting line-up for the foreseeable future. 

Newcastle’s next match comes against bottom of the table Aston Villa at the weekend.

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