Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Newcastle

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 0 QPR

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anita working to adapt game

Vurnon Anita has admitted it has been a 'tough transition' following his move to Newcastle United, but Alan Pardew is confident of bringing the best out of him.

Last Updated: 17/11/12 at 12:09 Post Comment

Vurnon Anita: Has found it difficult to adapt to the Premier League

Vurnon Anita: Has found it difficult to adapt to the Premier League

Anita recognises that he will need to work hard on the physical side of his game as the style of football played in the Premier League is so different to in Holland, where he played for Ajax until the summer.

But he is ready for the challenge and hopes to make an impact for the Magpies, saying: "It's a tough transition from Holland.

"English football is quicker, more direct and much more physical than the Dutch league. There is more long ball and fight, so it is different.

"That means I must do extra work to make me stronger because that will help me in games . I am spending a lot of time in the gym after the main training session and sometimes even in the mornings too.

"But my size is not a problem. I am used to always being one of the smallest, so that means I must be a lot smarter than the taller guys."

Newcastle manager Pardew appreciates how difficult it has been for Anita to settle into the English game but believes he will soon start to flourish.

"Vurnon has had it difficult," said Pardew. "He has come from Ajax, a team who dominate possession, to a team that has been struggling for a bit of form.

"He is finding the transition hard at times, just like Cabaye did last year.

"But he is learning all the time and has fantastic technique, as you'd expect from an Ajax player. That's what we need to bring out of him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Craig Whyte faces court date in Glasgow on Friday

Craig Whyte will appear in Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday after being arrested on his return to Britain.

La Liga: David Moyes says he wants to 'excite' Real Sociedad fans ahead of Elche clash

David Moyes wants to "excite" Real Sociedad fans in his first home game in charge of the Basque club against Elche.

Europa League: Everton qualify for Round of 32 with 2-0 win at Wolfsburg in Group H

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas both scored as Everton won 2-0 at Wolfsburg and qualified for the Europa League Round of 32.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property