Vurnon Anita insists Newcastle United still have to improve

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita in action with Swansea's Nathan Dyer

The Magpies have had a strong start to pre-season under Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita in action with Swansea's Nathan DyerNewcastle's Vurnon Anita in action with Swansea's Nathan Dyer

Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita has told the Chronicle that they have grown as a side in pre-season but still have a lot of things to improve upon.

The Magpies have been busy under Rafa Benitez this summer as he has brought in six new senior signings to the club.

It has also been a busy summer on the pitch as he has used their pre-season routine to further implement his ideas to the team after taking charge at the end of last season.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Newcastle's Vurnon AnitaManchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Newcastle's Vurnon Anita

So far it has been a very successful build-up to the season with 14 goals scored and just two conceded in four games.

And Anita says they have grown as a team, but insists that they still have a lot of things to improve upon.

“Through this pre-season, we have grown as a team and now we are strong than we were,” he told the Chronicle.

“But there are still a lot of things we have to improve, and we will be working hard on the training ground to improve that. I am sure we can still get a lot better than we are.”

Stoke's Bojan Krkic in action with Newcastle's Vurnon Anita as Daryl Janmaat (L) looks onStoke's Bojan Krkic in action with Newcastle's Vurnon Anita as Daryl Janmaat (L) looks on

It now remains to be seen whether Newcastle United can be a success story in the Championship next season.

They are expected to be contenders for the title next season given the squad that Benitez has available to him.

That puts immense pressure on their shoulders though, and it will be interesting to see how they deal with that expectation upon them.

Newcastle's Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse look dejected in the 5-1 loss to Crystal PalaceNewcastle's Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse look dejected in the 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace

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