Vurnon Anita willing to put his versatility to good use for Newcastle

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

Anita played out of position towards the end of last season, and is prepared to do even more.

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 is prepared to play in nearly any position for the club this season it seems. 

Though usually played in midfield, Anita has been playing in a variety of positions since the arrival of Rafa Benitez at the club towards the end of last season - notably as a full-back in their unsuccessful battle to avoid relegation from the top flight last term. 

He's quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “I feel like it is in me to play in multiple positions, and that enables me to be able to fill in where I can and do my best to try to help the team.

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

“We all know the Championship is a difficult league with a lot of matches, so it is important to have people in the squad who can fill in in a number of different positions.

“I think I am one of those people, and hopefully that will help. I haven’t played in goal yet, but maybe if I have to play in goal, I will do that too!

“I have always felt comfortable in lots of different roles, and hopefully the manager knows that wherever he asks me to play, I will always do my best and give my all. I want to show everybody what I can do.”

Though part of his comments were tongue in cheek, versatile players are key for a side over a long period of games, such as in the Championship - so Benitez having a player available who is prepared to play in several different roles for the side is welcome. 

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the gameNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the game

Anita seemed to acquit himself pretty well playing outside of his natural role in the closing games of the last campaign and could be someone the Newcastle boss trusts should he need him to play the odd game in a different area of the field. 

Newcastle seem to have done a lot of work in the transfer market when it comes to signing new players for the season ahead. They've brought in players who have experience of excelling in the Championship, as well as performing at a higher level and some vital experience ahead of what they hope is a short stay in English football's second tier.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De JongNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez with Siem De Jong

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