Vurnon Anita

Name: Vurnon Anita
Squad number: 8
Nationality: Dutch
Born: 4th April, 1989, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Height: 166cm
Weight: 66kg
Previous clubs: Ajax
Signed: August 2012, from Ajax
Newcastle United debut: 18th August, 2012 v Tottenham Hotspur (home), Premier League
Position: Midfielder



Vurnon Anita became Newcastle United's new number eight when he arrived on Tyneside on 16th August, 2012.


The midfielder, who can also play in either full-back position, signed from Ajax for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a five-year contract at St. James' Park.


His debut came just a couple of days later in the opening fixture of the 2012/13 season, as a second-half substitute for Yohan Cabaye, and Anita's full bow followed in a Europa League qualifier away at Atromitos.


The Dutch international made an impressive start to his Magpies' career, quickly catching the eye, and scored his first goal for the Club with a stunning long-range volley in a 2-2 draw away at Club Brugge in the Europa League.



Early Days

Born in the Netherlands Antilles, in the Caribbean, Anita moved to Holland with his family at the age of seven.


He joined VV Maarssen but only stayed there two years before being scouted by the world-renowned Ajax youth system, which he joined in 1999.


Anita's senior Ajax debut came in March 2006 away at FC Groningen and by the beginning of the 2009/10 campaign he was a first team regular at the Amsterdam Arena, although mainly at left-back under then boss Martin Jol.


When Jol departed and was replaced by Frank de Boer, Anita was switched back to his favoured central midfield position and impressed in the middle of the park for the Dutch giants.




International Career

Anita represented Holland at the 2005 FIFA Under 17 World Championships, and also went on to play for his country at Under 19 and Under 21 level.


The midfielder's senior debut for the Oranje arrived on 26th May, 2010, as a substitute in a friendly win over Mexico, and he was included in the Dutch preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup, although did not make the final 23-man party.


To date, Anita has three international caps.