Vurnon Anita is capable of playing in both defence and midfield for Newcastle United.
Anita has been stationed as a defender and a midfielder throughout his time at Newcastle, with mixed success in each position.
The Dutch midfielder is a capable full-back, but he has also excelled in midfield over his time at Newcastle.
More recently, Benitez has used Anita as a wide-midfielder, and the Dutch international impressed in the Magpies’ latest match against Southend United, when he got on the scoresheet.
“He is a player who can play in almost every position, I don’t know if he can play as a striker, maybe as a target man…but we will try maybe one day,” Benitez said.
“He is very clever tactically – can play on the right, can play as a right-back, as a winger and a left full-back, as a midfielder – so he is quite intelligent tactically.”
Anita’s versatility could be crucial for Newcastle in the upcoming season, as it means he can cover a range of positions across the field.
Whether Anita will feature in Newcastle’s starting line-up remains up for debate, but he is certainly a valuable part of Rafael Benitez’s squad.
The Magpies have put together a strong team for the upcoming campaign, and the bookmakers have them as heavy favourites to win the Championship.
Newcastle are due to start their season with a match against Fulham at Craven Cottage.