When you’re as versatile as Vurnon Anita, the prospect of moving to a new club and adapting to a new position is made a whole lot easier.
The Dutchman was a regular either at right-back or central midfield during his time at Newcastle United but, once he joined Leeds in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, Anita switched across to the left – a position he has not occupied on a regular basis since his days at Ajax.
Though Anita has filled in admirably. Albeit not the most natural option given that he prefers his right-foot, the 28-year-old is a solid defender who gives Leeds’ more naturally gifted attacking players the freedom to roam forward.
If Anita was harbouring hopes of returning to a more favoured position on the right of the defence, he may be a little disappointed. Because Luke Ayling remains as consistent as ever and is undoubtedly one of the first names on Thomas Christiansen’s team sheet.
Since moving from Bristol City last summer, Ayling has started 53 Championship games.
And, in youngster Lewie Coyle, Leeds have a fine deputy. The 21-year-old has shone on loan at Fleetwood Town in League One this season, winning the fans’ Man of the Match award four times in his first eight games for the Cod Army.
On current form, there is no reason to believe Coyle cannot challenge Ayling for a place in the starting XI when he returns from Fleetwood at the end of the season.
Thank goodness for Anita’s adaptability, then. Because it looks as if he could be stuck at left-back next season too.