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.