VURNON Anita’s given Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew a selection headache for the club’s visit to White Hart Lane.
Anita came off the bench against Chelsea last Sunday after captain Cheik Tiote limped off the field.
And the midfielder helped Newcastle win the game thanks to a “seamless” substitution.
The 24-year-old brought an industry and creativity to United in the second half, and he set up the team’s all-important second goal, scored by Loic Remy, with a superb piece of skill.
Pardew – who is hopeful Tiote will be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday – now has a decision to make ahead of Newcastle’s visit to north London, such was the dynamism Anita brought to the team.
“It was a shame to lose Cheik, because he’s been brilliant,” Pardew told the Gazette. “But you couldn’t see the seam with Vurn. He’s really at it.
“I was really disappointed I couldn’t find a place in the team after City. That’s a nice option to have.”
Pardew promised Anita – who joined United from Ajax last year – a bigger role this season, with the Holland international having found his Premier League opportunities limited in his first campaign at St James’s Park.
With Anita having adjusted to the demands of English football, his technical ability is coming to the fore, as shown against Chelsea.
He exchanged passes with Gabriel Obertan on the right before driving into the box and pulling the ball back for Remy.
“It was a great bit of skill for the second goal, real class,” said Pardew. “I was delighted for him.”