Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Anita happy to continue right-back role

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita (left) in action against Chelsea this season

Vurnon Anita is ready to continue as Newcastle's emergency right-back as manager Alan Pardew attempts to deal with a developing injury crisis.

The 23-year-old Holland midfielder was asked to drop into the Magpies' defence after Danny Simpson limped off during the first half of the club's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Aston Villa on September 2.

With Ryan Taylor facing months on the sidelines with knee ligament damage and James Perch having missed the Villa game with a neck problem, Pardew's options are limited to say the least.

However, Anita, a £6.7million summer signing from Ajax, did a job for him against the midlanders and is prepared to do it again if he is called upon.

He told the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk: "We have got two injuries on that side, so if the manager needs me on that side, I will do my best for the team.

"It went well against Aston Villa. As a right-back you can come forward a lot, so I did that also and yes, I think it was a good performance.

"Central midfield is my position, so the main focus is on the midfield, but if the manager needs me on the right side, I can also play there."

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