Vurnon Anita

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Vurnon Anita has had a brief taste of Premier League action, and is now hungry for more minutes in a Newcastle United shirt.

The midfielder made an impressive debut from the substitutes' bench in the Magpies' 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday - just 48 hours after arriving on Tyneside from Ajax.

He was almost called upon earlier than anyone expected, following a knock to Cheick Tiote, but was eventually introduced with 71 minutes on the clock.

And the diminutive box-to-box player caught the eye in his cameo with some tidy passes and a pacy run down the left which left Spurs full-back Kyle Walker floundering in his wake.

"I thought I could have been on after three minutes because Tiote looked injured," Anita told nufc.co.uk after the final whistle.

"So I warmed up, then kept warming up and warming up, but thankfully he was fine. So I had to wait a bit longer but am happy to make my debut.

"It was amazing and I am up for more now.

"The first touches were all about getting used to the game and the speed, because I had only trained twice with the group.

"As the game went on though I felt I got better and it went well. I can't wait to do it all over again." 

All the goals came in the second half, with Hatem Ben Arfa slotting home the winner from the penalty spot. Earlier, Demba Ba had curled United in front before Jermain Defoe poached an equaliser for the visitors.

"If you win it is always good. It is my first game, we got three points so it's amazing," said Anita.

"It was a very tough game but we win so it is three points in the pocket.

"I didn't know much about Tottenham apart from a few players, so it was all quite new for me. But it was amazing to experience this game.

"To beat them is a very good sign. It's a great start to the season for us - you always want to start with a win. Now we must go to the Europa League and then Chelsea."

And Anita had a final word for sell-out crowd at the Sports Direct Arena, who cheered his name when it was announced before kick-off and roared the Magpies on to all three points.

"They are amazing - brilliant supporters who supported the team throughout the game," he said.

"I had been told quite a bit about them but they were incredible."

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